Senior Bioscientific Staff - Molecular Pathology

2011245 Requisition #


Senior Bioscientific Staff position with a dual reporting relationship to the department Chair and the Vice Chair of Pathology.  Conducts research and development of molecular biology techniques for application to pathology.



1.      Reporting to the Chair and Vice Chair of Pathology, conducts research and development of pathology related molecular tests.

2.      Evaluates molecular test kits, equipment, and methods to recommend those techniques which have the greatest potential for clinical and anatomic pathology.

3.      Prepares documentation of standard operating procedures and technical specifications.

4.      Maintains oversight of clinical molecular testing activities that may result from research and development efforts.

5.      Maintains responsibility for staff, supplies, equipment, and related budget. 

6.      Prepares clinical (non-research) testing areas, in an inspection ready mode to meet all accrediting agency requirements.

7.      Conducts research which results in data for publication.  Prepares scientific abstracts and manuscripts.

8.      Shares expertise by participating in molecular pathology lectures to Pathology staff and housestaff.

9.      May present original scientific data at national meetings.

10.    Other related duties as assigned.


Data Analysis:

Participate in clinical case data analysis and interpretation of genomic test results under direction of physician laboratory directors.

Interact with physicians and scientists in other departments as needed to guide development, implementation and interpretation of genomic test services.

 Review patient medical history to determine eligibility for genetic testing.

Review test orders for appropriate test utilization, CPT coding, and selection of referral laboratories.

Perform review and interpretation of genomic data from high complexity genomic techniques including next generation sequencing (NGS) and arrays.

Write patient reports under direct supervision of a board-certified geneticist for review by oncology and pathology clients.


Development and Maintenance:

Assist with establishing and maintaining internal genomic variant database to be used as the active knowledgebase for variant interpretation.

 Assist with updating variant curation strategies, variant scoring process, interpretation process, and reporting process on an ongoing basis.

 Develop expertise in interpreting genetic data from open source and proprietary analysis software and databases.

 Assist with establishing and documenting standard protocols for data analysis, interpretation and reporting of genetic test results.       


Scholarly Activities:

Perform extensive literature review and participate in interdepartmental journal clubs for ongoing education.

Present data at Molecular Pathology case review meetings, client meetings and conferences, when required.

Minimum Requirements:

Master’s Degree in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or related discipline, or equivalent education and experience, AND two to three years of related work experience.

 An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.


Ph.D. in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related discipline.


  1. PhD degree with experience in molecular techniques required.
  2. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills required.
  3. Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software required.
  4. Must meet or exceed core customer service responsibilities, standards and behaviors as outlined in the HFHS Customer Service policy as summarized below:
      • Communication
  • Ownership
      • Understanding
  • Motivation
      • Sensitivity
  • Excellence
      • Teamwork
  • Respect

6.         Must practice the customer service skills as provided through ongoing training and in‑services.

7.         Must possess the following personal qualities:

  • be self-directed;
  • be flexible and committed to the team concept;
  • demonstrate teamwork, initiative, and willingness to learn;
  • possess interpersonal skills and communication skills;
  • be willing to instruct others; and
  • be open to new learning experiences.


       Under the leadership of President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health System is a

       $6 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan, and 250+ sites

       including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacy, eye care facilities and

       other healthcare retail. Established in 1915 by auto industry pioneer Henry Ford, the health system

       now has 32,000 employees and remains home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one

       of the nation’s oldest physician groups. An additional 2,200 physicians are also affiliated with the

       health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network. Henry Ford is also one of the region’s  

       major academic medical centers, receiving between $90-$100 million in annual research funding and

       remaining Michigan’s fourth largest NIH-funded institution. Also an active participant in medical

       education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing

       in the state and also provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses,

       pharmacists, radiology and respiratory technicians. visit


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       employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

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