Children's Mercy KC

Assistant Director - Cancer Genomics

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 4 months ago(12/14/2020 3:49 PM)
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Thank you for considering Children’s Mercy! Half a million times a year, a child comes to our doors. We take care of them all, fulfilling our non-profit mission. Joining the CM team means being a part of a caring environment where people are passionate about helping children get well. Whether clinical or non-clinical, we are all here for the same reason – our patients and their families! Read more below about this position and apply if you feel this organization and job are a fit for you.


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine together with the Genomic Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City is seeking an ABP or ABMGG board-certified or board-eligible individual with a PhD, MD/DO, or MD/DO/PhD degree(s) to support clinical test interpretation and new test development in Cancer Genomics. This position will work directly and primarily with the current Director of Molecular Oncology.


The successful candidate must be experienced in providing quality, timely interpretation of next-generation sequencing based testing in clinical oncology. Candidates with experience in clinical cancer genomics assays, especially in a pediatric setting, as well as skill in interpreting germline cancer predisposition testing are preferred. Additional general understanding of molecular genetics and cytogenetics laboratory testing, clinical assay development and validation, quality control and quality assurance, and ability to consult with physicians and other health care providers with regards to genetic testing is encouraged. Only candidates with board-eligibility or board-certification in laboratory genetics and genomics and/or molecular genetic pathology will be considered.


The majority of effort for this role will be devoted to clinical service; however, the successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to our research and teaching mission. The individual selected for this position will have the opportunity to partner with researchers throughout the hospital and region to support translational research projects in pediatric oncology, especially those that align with areas of interest for the candidate. Children’s Mercy collaborates with multiple regional institutions, such as the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, and is also a part of the NCI-designated University of Kansas Cancer Center. Academic appointments are available through the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. Academic rank will be commensurate with experience and accomplishment.


The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine opened in 2011 with four staff members and now employs 19 individuals including MDs, PhDs, board-certified clinical molecular geneticists, genetic counselors, RNs, bioinformaticians, software engineers and clinical laboratory scientists experienced in genome analysis. The laboratory features several advanced sequencers including Illumina NovaSeq and PacBio Sequel II instruments. The genome team is dedicated to providing the highest quality genome testing. Our ABMGG accredited fellowship program in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics currently has three fellows in training.


Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a minimum of three professional references and personal statement of professional goals to: and/or apply here.


Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an independent, non-profit, 366-bed pediatric health system, providing half a million patient encounters each year for children from across the country. Children’s Mercy is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in all 10 specialties, and as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals”. We have received Magnet® recognition five times for excellence in nursing services. In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, our medical staff of more than 750 pediatric specialists and researchers is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and educating the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. The Children’s Mercy Research Institute recently completed construction on a new 9 story research building that includes wet and dry labs. For more information about Children’s Mercy Kansas City and about Kansas City itself, visit


Kansas City is a thriving cultural and economic city with more than 2 million residents. Our city’s long list of attractions includes world class museums, a vibrant arts scene, professional sports, superb shopping, great jazz clubs, and the best places to enjoy barbeque!  The city offers low cost-of-living, excellent commute times, and a vibrant downtown, eight-block dining, entertainment and shopping district.  Kansas City offers excellent opportunities for both public and private school venues and is home to several colleges and universities. It’s a community with a heart – friendly, easy-going and forward-thinking – a great place to live and pursue a career.


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At Children’s Mercy, we are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcomed within our walls. A successful candidate for this position will join us as we strive to create a workplace that reflects the community we serve, as well as our core values of kindness, curiosity, inclusion, team and integrity.


EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet

Children’s Mercy hires individuals based on their job skills, expertise and ability to maintain professional relationships with fellow employees, patients, parents and visitors. A personal interview, formal education and training, previous work experience, references and a criminal background investigation all are factors used to select the best candidates. The hospital does not discriminate against prospective or current employees based on the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, creed, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry or veteran status. A drug screen will be performed upon hire. Children’s Mercy is smoke and tobacco free.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our patients and families come from all walks of life, and so do we. We know that our greatest strengths come from the people who make up our team so we hire qualified people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger and our patient care more compassionate.

If you share our values and our enthusiasm for service, you will find a home at CM. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring, including education, ideas, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability and beliefs.


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