Professional Positions

The McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development at UT Southwestern is continuously searching for exceptional individuals to become part of our team.

Genetic Counselor

Adult Genetics Clinic
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Job # 525544

Candidate will work in an interdisciplinary clinical setting and participate in cutting edge translational research; provide genetic counseling for adult patients in a clinical diagnostic setting, as well as screen, consent, recruit and gather patient/family data for research and follow-up. In partnership with two M.D. geneticists, you will have the opportunity to provide genetic counseling for individuals with, or at risk for, Huntington's disease, cardiac conditions, neurogenetic conditions, connective tissue disorders, and many other genetic diseases often first noted in adulthood.

Interested candidates should email CV to or apply online (Job #525544).

Computational Biologist II - Autism Project

A Computational Biologist II position is available in the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. We are interested in understanding the complex genetics of autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Minimum Qualifications - Education/Experience

We seek a highly motivated, creative, and independent individual with a background in Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics. Applicants should have a degree in a related quantitative discipline, strong communication and writing skills, and a willingness to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.

  • Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Statistics, Physics, or a related quantitative discipline; or
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Statistics, Physics, or a related quantitative discipline, and two (2) years of related research and programming experience; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Statistics, Physics, or a related quantitative discipline, and four (4) years of related research and programming experience.

Essential Functions

  1. Perform basic and advanced analyses on next generation sequencing and genotyping data.
  2. Develop data analysis tools, write algorithms, and deploy computational tools for the exploration of whole exome and genome sequencing data.
  3. Develop, run, and interpret quality control procedures for whole exome and whole genome sequencing data and SNP genotyping data.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Experience with genomic data, tools, and databases (including whole exome and whole genome sequencing data, SNP genotyping data, and transcriptomics);
  2. Basic understanding of molecular biology and next generation DNA sequencing;
  3. Experience designing computational methods and tools, including prior experience with algorithms relevant to computational biology, and skill and experience with statistical analysis;
  4. Proficiency with several of the following technologies: Perl, Python, Java, Matlab, R, C, C++, Unix, MySQL.

Working Conditions – Work is performed primarily in a general office area. This position is security‐sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code §51.512

Interested candidates should email cover letter, CV, and three references to:

Maria Chahrour, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Candidates may apply online
Reference posting # 332723

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