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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks applicants for a position of a genetic counselor at the NIH Clinical Research Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

Position Description

The Pyrimidine and Purine Metabolism Unit at the National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, is seeking a full-time genetic counselor. The position supports a genomic research program intramurally funded by NHGRI. This is an exciting opportunity for applicants passionate about working with and developing long-term relationships with patients and families affected by rare genetic conditions. It is an ideal position for applicants with at least three years of clinical experience seeking opportunities to develop an expertise in the area of clinical research and inborn errors of metabolism. The position is local but telework-eligible.


  • Provide technical assistance and clinical expertise related to clinical diagnosis of genetic disease and its implications for genetic counseling practice in response to the research needs of the Pyrimidine and Purine Metabolism Unit.
  • Participate in the design, development, maintenance and conduct of protocols governing research activities of the unit; coordinate correspondence with institutional review boards (IRBs), intramural and extramural patient recruitment entities, patient advocacy groups and collaborators.
  • Identify, recruit, schedule and consent study participants; design recruitment materials; create and track detailed monitoring plans for clinical research projects.
  • Act as contact person for research participants and study inquiries.
  • Provide genetic counseling and psychosocial support to research participants and family members in person or via telehealth.
  • Develop, support and expand the unit’s research collaborations with investigators and patient advocacy groups.
  • Present the unit’s research results at scientific and educational meetings.
  • Create and edit manuscripts for publication.
  • Coordinate day-to-day activities to monitor clinical studies assigned to the unit, including flow of documents and information, data collection, management and analysis, and dissemination of results.
  • Prepare genetic consultation reports, address pre- and post-testing support and genetic counseling needs.
  • Coordinate collection, tracking, delivery, accessioning and management of samples for molecular genetic studies, diagnostic and research analysis, laboratory results and billing requirements.
  • Coordinate administrative work and data entry for clinical trials.
  • Participate in the NIH Clinical Research Center genetics consult service.
  • Supervise and assist in personnel coordination of post-bac trainees, residents fellows and/or faculty as it relates to the functioning of the unit.
  • Maintain good standing with the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).


  • Master’s degree in genetic counseling or human genetics from a training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC).
  • Board-certified by ABMG or ABGC.

How to Apply

Please email your CV (include GPA) and cover letter to Aimee Mooney, NHGRI administrative officer, at aimee.mooney@nih.gov. In your cover letter, please describe your prior experience, interest in patient advocacy and rare disease research, reasons you are interested in this position and your start date availability.

Last updated: October 25, 2022