• Genetic Counselor

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    At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we know what can be achieved when the brightest minds face the fewest barriers for health-related research. That’s why we provide world-class facilities, extraordinary support and a collaborative, bench-to-bedside environment that shows firsthand, how science and clinical care translate into survival for the children who we serve.


    Currently, we seek a Genetic Counselor with experience in clinical genetics and an interest in cancer to participate in clinical, educational and research-based initiatives. The Genetic Counselor is housed in the Division of Cancer Predisposition, which is solely dedicated to the evaluation and management of pediatric oncology patients and their families. Through the outpatient Cancer Predisposition Program, we identify children with a variety of cancer predisposing conditions and deliver guidance regarding cancer treatment and how to best monitor for the subsequent development of additional tumors. Our team provides confidential genetic counseling and testing for St. Jude patients, and when appropriate, their first-degree relatives. We also implement state-of-the-art protocols for cancer surveillance and prevention. Our research projects range in scope from identifying novel genetic causes for cancer to understanding the factors that influence how parents and adolescents make decisions about, communicate and react to cancer genetic testing. Finally, we serve as a resource on cancer genetic testing to colleagues within St. Jude as well as to outside providers and families.


    The Genetic Counselor will be a member of a growing team that currently consists of six genetic counselors, a genetics nurse practitioner, several research assistants and numerous physician-scientists including a clinical geneticist. This position has a heavy emphasis on education, where the Genetic Counselor will coordinate and implement educational endeavors internal and external to the institution. Specific responsibilities include serving as rotation coordinator for St. Jude hematology/oncology fellows and direct supervisor and mentor to rotating genetic counseling students and student interns.  


    The Genetic Counselor will experience the benefits of working in an environment where patient care and treatment are prioritized above all else. This is a remarkable opportunity to be part of a collaborative, positive workplace where all employees, regardless of their role, share the same commitment to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. St. Jude is consistently ranked on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work For” list and in 2017, St. Jude was rated the number 1 pediatric cancer hospital by U.S. News and World Report.


    This position is based in Memphis, TN with relocation assistance available (if needed). Memphis is a family-friendly metropolitan area with a strong and growing genetic counseling community. Memphis is recognized for its world-class music, food and hospitality. Cost of living is one of the biggest attractions; in fact Money listed Memphis as one of the least expensive cities in which to raise a child. Mild winters and beautiful green spaces are part of the reasons why Forbes recently named Memphis the 4th happiest city in which to work.

    Minimum Education

    Master's degree in Genetic Counseling from an accredited genetic counseling program required.  Degree in Human Genetics is acceptable. 

    Minimum Experience

    Two years of clinical and/or research experience required. Genetic Counseling experience preferred. 


    New or soon to be graduates are welcome to apply.


    Candidates at varying levels of their career will be considered.

    Required Credentials

    (LC:GENET-TN)Certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling required. Applicable certification and licensure to practice in the State of Tennessee required

    EEO Statement

    St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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