Soc/Clin Research Specialist

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Position Type:

Temporary Staff (SHRA)

Job Title:

Soc/Clin Research Specialist

Department Name:

Genetics - 423501

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Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Hiring Range:

$27.00 - $33.00


Full-Time Temporary

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday; 8:30am – 5pm

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Estimated Duration of Appointment:

6 months not to exceed 11 months

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Description of Work:

The Social/Clinical Research Specialist (Coordinator) position will support ongoing efforts underway in the Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) research program directed by Dr. Jonathan Berg at UNC. Coordination will entail assisting ClinGen Clinical Domain Working Groups (CDWGs) and Expert Panels (EPs) in providing an organizing framework for disease-specific expert groups to curate relevant genes and variants. The successful candidate will work with other ClinGen coordinators throughout the ClinGen consortium, as well as members of the UNC Biocuration and Coordination Core, the ClinGen Steering Committee, the National Human Genome Research Initiative (NHGRI), and national and international collaborators to facilitate expert interpretation of clinically relevant genes and variants.
The coordinator role is an important leadership role within the expert curation framework of ClinGen, therefore the successful candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and must enjoy leading, coordinating, organizing, inspiring, and interacting with diverse groups of people. He or she must be a self-starter who is capable of independently identifying and resolving issues. A strong work ethic and sense of purpose are necessary. Infrequent travel will be necessary.
Overall Responsibilities:
Clinical Domain WG and Expert Panel Leadership:
Job duties will include coordinating various ClinGen expert curation groups, including CDWGs and Variant Curation Expert Panels (VCEPs) and Gene Curation Expert Panels (GCEPs). Coordination will entail scheduling and leading calls, teleconferences, and in-person meetings, transcribing and organizing meeting minutes and meeting recordings. Additional duties will include creating and maintaining EP applications, and other documents for an EP progress. The coordinator will join the leadership groups of their relevant CDWG and work closely with the CDWG and EP co-chairs in determining milestones, deliverables, and timelines for accomplishing assigned work and assigning and following up with task leaders to complete the work. The coordinator will assist co-chairs in developing call and meeting agendas, maintaining and disseminating a schedule for task leaders to provide updates to the SC, and facilitating training sessions for EP and CDWG members.
Internal & External Communication:
Job duties will include corresponding with and keeping track of co-chairs, domain experts, curators and other members to maintain an active roster of the WG. The coordinator is expected to help develop the group’s goals and disseminate them to the public (e.g., regularly maintain the public website with WG products). The coordinator will attend semi-annual professional meetings and/or conferences for updates, discussions, and horizon scanning which can include leading break-out teams to accomplish specific WG goals, presenting talks and posters, and initiating relevant discussions with external groups and potential contributors. Along with the co-chairs, the coordinator will lead efforts to heighten global awareness of ClinGen and expert curation activities through in-person presentations and networking at professional society meetings and conferences, and co-authorship of scientific journal articles. The coordinator will participate in other ClinGen WGs as they align with the needs of the ClinGen consortium, their expert curation groups, and their interests.
Data Analysis & Presentation of Results:
The coordinator will track and participate in the activities of the CDWG and EPs as discussed with the chair and co-chairs and will maintain thorough and appropriate documentation of results. The coordinator will assist in preparation of research findings using standard computer software (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint, web-based interface) and will communicate with NHGRI, PIs, Director, and other consortium members to ensure that the WG’s activities are accurately and comprehensively reported in the bi-annual progress reports.
Independent Activities:
As needed and with approval from their supervisor, the coordinator will engage in independent research activities and/or participate in and/or lead relevant WGs within ClinGen. The coordinator will undertake other activities as they arise to facilitate or enhance the progress of their WGs and/or EPs

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and one year of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

A Master’s degree in genetics or a related scientific field with 3 years work experience, or a Ph.D. in genetics or a related scientific field.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Job No:
Posted: 1/13/2021
Application Due: 1/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time