First listed on: 02 April 2019

Genetic Counsellor 

  • Fantastic opportunity for a Genetic Counsellor to join the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Located at the Brain and Mind Centre, Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed term, full-time contract until December 2020 with a base salary $84K p.a plus leave loading and 12.5 % superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are in a period of exciting and significant investment in our Faculty of Medicine and Health and in order to deliver on the University’s ambitious strategic plan, we are looking for a Genetic Counsellor to join the team in our Brain and Mind Centre at Camperdown.

As the Genetic Counsellor, you will be responsible for providing information, counselling and support to research patients and their families with neurogenerative diseases; This will include communication around risks and implications in the genetic research, and whether participants have any concerns or issues that warrant other health professional referrals.

Reporting to the NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, your duties will also include:

  • maintaining appropriate records, statistics and documents genetic test results for use by research staff
  • high-level professional decision making regarding psychological assessment and treatment for patients and their families
  • contributing to the development and implementation of research protocols and policies related to genetic testing for neurodegenerative diseases
  • responsible for the development of best practice protocols for test result delivery and management in a research setting.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Genetic Counsellor who has:

  • tertiary qualifications or equivalent in health sciences, science, nursing or counselling discipline
  • post-graduate qualifications in Genetic counselling
  • registered or eligible both Part 1 Certification and Part 2 certification by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA)
  • healthcare delivery and demonstrated experience as a genetic counsellor
  • an understanding of patient confidentiality and relevant privacy legislation
  • previous experience working within a hospital/research environment and in counselling patients and families on the genetic contribution of specific medical conditions
  • experience in building and maintaining relationships with patients, clinicians, medical educators, healthcare providers and industry partners
  • excellent communication skills (both oral and written) and interactions with a diverse group of stakeholders including patients, medical professionals, research bodies and Faculty staff
  • good computer skills in MS Office, internet and database management

About us

The Forefront research team is multi-layered and is dedicated to understanding the impact of conditions on cognition and brain function over time. The research team headed by Professor Glenda Halliday is also closely linked with the Sydney Brain Bank and we have a strong interest in neuropathology and biomarker research.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 453/0319F to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Thursday 28 April 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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