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Genetic Counseling Fellowship In ReSearch Training (GC-FIRST) Program

University of Minnesota
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
February 29, 2024
Job ID
Twin Cities
Job Family
Full/Part Time
Job Code
Employee Class
Acad Prof and Admin
About the Job

Positions are part-time (40-60% or ~16-24 hours/week)

The GC-FIRST fellowships are intended to support the promotion of rigorous genetic counseling research into practice. Participants should be committed to this goal and be prepared for a two-year, part-time research training program that is practical, evidence-based, and tailored to their unique interests and expertise. Participants should be passionate about integrating genetic counseling research into their current role(s) or have an identified type of research role that they are interested in pursuing post-fellowship training. Participants may also be employed at large academic institutions, genetic counseling and testing companies, healthcare institutions, insurance companies, or departments of health.

Successful applicants will be those who have a track record of the following characteristics:

1. Effective Communicator - Due to the potential remote nature of the program, we expect that participants will show a high level of communication of written and oral skills. This could be evidenced by the ability to work in a collaborative clinical team environment, experiences in telework, additional communication or counseling skills training, presentation at local / national meetings, and formal or informal writing experiences.
2. Collaborative Approach - We are seeking fellows that have shown that they can effectively work in collaborative settings and leverage expertise from different disciplines or viewpoints to effectively lead the creation of new genetic counseling products (e.g., publications, educational products, genetic testing reports, etc). Other examples may include national or international committee work, volunteer experiences, clinical or industry improvement projects.
3. Ability to Work Independently and be Self-Motivated - The fellows will be working with a research team but will also need to be self-motivated to make progress on their individual research projects as well as other program associated outcomes. To do this, they will need to set monthly goals and work towards them at a pace that continues to make progress throughout the two-year period. They will also be responsible for balancing their fellowship responsibilities with their other work-related roles. Applicants will be expected to show that they have successfully worked independently and produced work that they set the direction and vision for in their genetic counseling role or responsibilities.
4. Curiosity and Creativity - Fellows should have an inquisitive nature and be generally interested in asking questions and furthering the field of genetic counseling with an innovative approach. Examples could include integrating research projects into their current roles, creating a new service model, expanding a clinical practice area, or investigating a new line of research.
5. Leadership and Mentorship - The fellowship is intended for genetic counselors who will be leaders in research and are dedicated to the mentorship of the next generation of genetic counseling researchers..

Essential Responsibilities:

RESEARCH - As part of the GC-FIRST Program, fellows will be responsible for completing structured coursework, twelve research training modules, ten modules from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, and practical genetic counseling research experiences. They will volunteer on national committees related to practice guidelines and outcomes and quality research. Fellows will also serve as mentors of MS genetic counseling projects. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will write two original research articles and a grant application. They will participate in peer reviews, abstract submissions, a mock job talk, and other presentations. In collaboration with research mentors, fellows will map out their research mentorship needs and create an individual development plan for filling the holes in their professional research and network. Fellows will create a set of resources (toolkit) that can be used in their research work and academic or industry job searches.

TRAVEL - Fellows will be expected to travel to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and National Society of Genetic Counseling Annual Conference. Fellows will participate in a five-day in-person meeting during the summer of each year in Minnesota. Fellows will have extended meeting times to jump-start the project in the first year and to critically assess the project's progress in the second year. Fellows will meet with members of the community through lunches and dinners with faculty, committee members, and genetic counseling colleagues. At the Annual Conference, fellows will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, their research network, and collaborators from national committees as well as present their research.


Required Qualifications:
Educational Background & Characteristics: Genetic counselors applying for this grant must have completed a Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling from an Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) Accredited Training Program and be certified or eligible for certification. Fellowship applicants should be at least two years post-graduation of the MS training program before applying for the fellowship. This term was chosen to allow genetic counselors to gain experience and expertise post-graduation. If a genetic counseling license is required to practice within the state of residence or where they practice, applicants will be required to provide evidence of current licensure which also can take time to accomplish post-graduation.

Required For All Applicants: Please include a CV, and in the application.

About the Department

The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development (GCD) spans a broad spectrum of biological disciplines, including the storage and expression of information (genetics), its translation into the workings of individual cells (cell biology), and the assembly of cells into tissues and organ systems (development).

Our vision for the future of the department embraces three critical strategies: 1) integration of methods and ideas across disciplines, 2) collaborative projects that assemble the people required to achieve that integration, and 3) strategic use of model systems that provide the most powerful experimental access to important biological and medical problems. With our uniquely diverse expertise, these approaches allow us to build upon innovative basic science and to translate fundamental discoveries into direct benefits for society.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and CV.

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To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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