Molecular Geneticist / Cytogeneticist (NIPT) at 54Gene Nigeria


54gene was founded in 2019 by Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong to address the significant gap in the global genomics market; Nearly 90% of genetic material used in pharmaceutical research is Caucasian. Only 2% is African, despite the fact that Africans and people of African ancestry are more genetically diverse than all other world populations combined.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Molecular Geneticist / Cytogeneticist (NIPT)

Location: Remote
Department: Laboratory Operations
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Industry: Biotechnology

Job Description

  • We are seeking a talented Laboratory Director for its Women’s Health division to perform a variety of functions as part of our Clinical Operations team.
  • The ideal candidate will have a strong background in clinical testing for noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Initial responsibilities will focus on clinical reporting in these areas that represent core content for NIPT testing.​​

Essential Functions
Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluating genomic profiles of NIPT specimens (NGS based)
  • Oversee the review of genetic and CNV variant data: interpret NGS and microarray results in the context of medical literature, online variant databases and other references along with relevant patient demographic data.
  • Participate in assay development and validation from: sequencing (NGS, pyrosequencing, Sanger), DNA fragment analysis, microarrays, FISH, karyotype, digital droplet PCR)
  • Writing, reviewing and signing out reports for clinicians, and advising them on investigation strategies, as needed.
  • Interpreting the results of routine and esoteric molecular tests carried out by molecular technologists.
  • Developing and devising new testing strategies, primarily in NIPT, but other fields as needed.
  • Working closely with the IT department in maintaining and continuously improving the clinical database of genomic information (in-house and publicly/privately available).
  • Oversees CLIA/CAP level validation of new molecular assays.
  • Training and teaching staff, colleagues and other health care professionals.
  • Maintaining and interpreting quality control and quality assurance data.
  • Continually updating professional skills and knowledge by following the most recent scientific literature and attending training courses and conferences and participating in publication and research activities of the Company.
  • Fulfill laboratory director responsibilities as defined by CAP
  • Ensure quality and compliance standards including an effective quality management program for the laboratory, PT testing an corrective actions
  • Establish and ensure quality assessment and quality control programs are established and maintained
  • Set standards for laboratory testing and acceptable levels of analytic performance and ensure these are maintained

Supervisor Responsibilities:

  • Supervise Clinical and Lab staff as required for assigned tasks and projects

Environment / Safety / Work Environment:

  • General office environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
  • Maintains a clean, neat, and orderly work area
  • Adheres to Department Specific Safety Guidelines

Physical Demands:

  • Standing, sitting, walking, bending, reaching, manual manipulation, and lifting up to 10-20 pounds

The above listing represents the general duties considered essential functions of the job and is not to be considered a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. ABMG certification in LGG, Clinical Molecular Genetics:
    • Knowledge of ACMG variant interpretation guidelines and ISCN nomenclature
    • Familiarity with  CAP and CLIA compliance requirements
    • Basic computational or bioinformatic skills strongly preferred
    • Ability to balance and manage multiple tasks and projects independently in a fast-paced, matrixed environment

Education & Certifications

  • M.D. or Ph.D. and ABMG certification in LGG, Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics or ABMG/ABP certification in Molecular Genetic Pathology
  • At least 2 years of experience in a clinical laboratory setting


  • Experience leading a laboratory offering prenatal screening and oncology testing and evaluating, interpreting, and reporting out NGS and microarray data
  • Familiarity with next-generation sequencing, and/or knowledge of advanced methods of copy number detection
  • Strong background in human and medical genetics, and cytogenetics with a familiarity of online human genomics
  • Understanding of statistical measures utilized in genetic testing and screening
  • Experience with clinical regulatory requirements including CLIA and CAP
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team and managing a clinical lab team
  • Desired educational background
  • Certifications


  • Willingness to travel to Nigeria at least once a year.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CVs and cover letters to: using the Job Title as the subject of the email.
Click here to apply online

Equal Opportunity Employer:

  • 54gene celebrates diversity and is proud to be an inclusive employer.
  • We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, marital status, genetic information, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a mental or physical disability, or any other applicable legally protected status or characteristics.


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