Senior Genetic Counselor- Neurology (Epilepsy)

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Senior Genetic Counselor- Neurology (Epilepsy)

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Category: Clinical Professionals

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 2400017O

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

We are seeking an experienced Senior Genetic Counselor to join the UTHealth Houston Department of Neurology in Houston, Texas 77030. In this role you will be providing advanced genetic counseling services with a specialization in specific areas of Neurology. This role involves working independently with minimal supervision, writing research paper drafts with little supervision, contributing to programmatic development, and providing leadership in the management and mentoring of early-career genetic counselors and assistants. Previous related research experience is a plus.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

The Senior Genetic Counselor will provide advanced genetic counseling services with a specialization in specific areas of neurology, including providing precision medicine recommendations to the neurologists. This role involves working independently with minimal supervision, writing research paper drafts with little supervision, contributing to programmatic development, and providing leadership in the management and mentoring of early career genetic counselors and assistants.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Delivers expert genetic counseling in neurology, including providing recommendations to neurologists for genetic variant enhanced care.

  • Interprets complex genetic testing results, providing comprehensive recommendations to patients and healthcare providers.

  • Writes advanced drafts of scientific manuscripts on neurogenetics topics with little supervision.

  • Leads program development and contribute to policy formulation in the field of genetic counseling on a national level.

  • Mentors and supervises early career genetic counselors and assistants in counselling and research, encouraging their professional growth.

  • Implements quality improvement initiatives and uphold ethical standards in genetic counseling.

  • Manages Human Resources activities of department in regards to: recruiting and selection, hiring and termination, training, professional development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluations, and salary planning.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • ABGC - American Board of Genetic Counseling Current board certification or board eligibility by the American Board of Medical Genetics or American Board of Genetic Counselors required.

  • At least two first authorship publications in peer reviewed journal with focus on genetic or neurological disorders.

  • Demonstrated expertise in specialized areas of genetics and precision medicine.

  • Works autonomously with little supervision, showcasing exceptional decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Minimum Education:

  • Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling from an accredited program required

Minimum Experience:

  • 2 years experience in genetic counseling for neurological disorders required

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.