Children's Mercy KC

Assistant Director for Clinical Genetics & Genomics Laboratory

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 8 months ago(10/27/2021 10:26 AM)
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Do you envision finding a meaningful role with an inclusive and compassionate team? At Children’s Mercy, we believe in making a difference in the lives of all children and shining a light of hope to the patients and families we serve. Our employees make the difference, which is why we have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top pediatric hospital, for eleven consecutive years.


Children’s Mercy is in the heart of Kansas City – a metro abounding in cultural experiences, vibrant communities and thriving businesses. This is where our patients and families live, work and play. This is a community that has embraced our hospital and we strive to say thanks by giving back. As a leader in children’s health, we engage in meaningful programs and partnerships throughout the region so that we can improve the lives of children beyond the walls of our hospital.




The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Children’s Mercy Kansas City (CMKC) is recruiting an Assistant Director in the Clinical Genetics and Genomics Laboratory.  


Required qualifications include a PhD or MD/DO degree, as well as dual ABMGG board certification or active candidate status in Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics or Laboratory Genetics and Genomics.


Qualified candidates must have competency in chromosome analysis, FISH, and microarray interpretation in both constitutional and oncology settings.  Experience with common molecular genetic assays, and next generation sequence analysis, including interpretation of sequence and copy number variants, is preferred. Academic appointments are available through the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine.

The individual selected for this position will

  • work closely with a growing team in the interpretation and reporting of genomic testing
  • serve as a consultant to ordering physicians and clients
  • participate in the education of students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff
  • support Children’s Mercy’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children by providing comprehensive, family-centered health care and commitment to research, academic and service excellence

Our translational work is enabled by close collaboration with The Genomic Medicine Center (GMC) to provide the highest quality, cutting-edge genomic testing. The GMC consists of board-certified scientists in clinical molecular and cytogenetics, physicians, researchers, genetic counselors, bioinformaticians, software engineers and clinical laboratory scientists experienced in genomic analysis. Equipment includes an Illumina NovaSeq, 6 PacBio Sequel instruments, NextSeq2000, and a 10x Chromium system. In addition, our ABMGG accredited fellowship program in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics currently has two fellows in training. 

The successful applicant must share our unwavering commitment to excellence, integrity, collegiality, antiracism, and respect for inclusion of individuals with diverse backgrounds.


Interested candidates should apply online.  In addition, candidates should also send a curriculum vitae, a minimum of three professional references and personal statement of professional goals to the following email address:


Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an independent, non-profit, 386-bed pediatric health system, providing over 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 nine specialties. We have received Magnet® recognition five times for excellence in nursing services. In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the university of Kansas School of Medicine, our faculty of more than 800 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 (CMRI) integrates research and clinical care with nationally recognized expertise in genomic medicine, precision therapeutics, population health and health care innovation. In 2021 the CMRI moved into a nine story, 375,000 square foot space emphasizing a translational approach to research in which clinicians and researchers work together to accelerate the pace of discovery that enhances care. We invite you to visit Children’s Mercy Hospital virtually at:


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. For more information about activities in Kansas City go to


For more information about Children’s Mercy Kansas City and about Kansas City itself, visit


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Additionally, it’s important to us that we remain transparent with all potential job candidates. Because we value the safety of the patients and families we serve, as well as the Children’s Mercy staff, we want to let you know that the seasonal influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are a condition of employment for all employees in our organization. New employees must be willing to be vaccinated if found non-immune to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and chicken pox (varicella) and/or without evidence of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination since 2005. If you become a finalist for this position, and have any concerns about receiving these vaccines, medical and/or religious exemptions can be further discussed with Human Resources.

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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 great 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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