Title:  Genetic Counselor I

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $63,151 to $87,149
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  11096


The Genetic Counselor I at the NRI serves as a liaison between patients, families, research, and clinical teams. Research studies at the NRI utilize cutting-edge genomic technologies to diagnose and characterize rare disease, implement genomic medicine in underserved communities, and understand the genetic basis of epilepsy, neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and neurodegenerative disorders. NRI Research Genetic Counselors have a unique opportunity to collaborate with a diverse array of research, laboratory, bioinformatics, and clinical faculty. The primary responsibilities of the Genetic Counselor will be project design and management, patient advocacy and engagement through clinical and preclinical studies, obtain and perform medical record reviews, consult with other genetic counselors and researchers, counsel on test indications, assist researchers with interpretation of genetic and genomic test results, gather statistics on outcomes, conduct data analysis, and participate in academic research. This role offers the opportunity for professional growth with mentorship from world-renowned scientists, as well as clinicians, geneticists, and a network of more than 50 genetic counselors throughout the institution.

Job Duties

  • Utilize genetic counseling expertise to optimize study outcomes.
  • Identify and consent families to genomic research projects. 
  • Document family history information.
  • Collect necessary records, such as previous genetic testing results, medical records, imaging studies, and HIPAA authorizations.
  • Provide counseling regarding risk of occurrence or recurrence of genetic condition within the family.
  • Assist providers and study participants with test results interpretation.
  • Assist with coordination of research study genetic testing.
  • Complete requisition and blood draw forms for genetic tests and readies them for use by families.
  • Carry out administrative calls to study participants, research investigators, healthcare providers, and genetic testing laboratories.
  • Take full responsibility for test resulting calls and medical record reviews.
  • Help send out follow-up reminders to families.
  • Develop and maintain study participant databases.
  • Answer questions about status of genetic testing, results interpretation.
  • Develop and facilitate preclinical and clinical research studies.
  • Work closely with basic, translational, and clinical research investigators.
  • Develop data collection instruments and outcome measurements.
  • Prepare abstract, and presentations to disseminate research findings. 
  • Design, draft and edit original research manuscripts with the study teams.
  • Develop Standardized Operating Procedures (SOPs), develop and maintain electronic databases and records.
  • Assist with teaching of trainees, genetic counseling colleagues, study team members, and collaborators as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Genetic Counseling.
  • No experience required.
  • Board-eligible or Board Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC) by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

Preferred Qualifications

  • New or soon-to-be graduates encouraged to apply.



Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.


Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.