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Senior Genetics Researcher/Principal Investigator


RTI International

Job Location

3040 East Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
United States

Job Description

The Genomics, Ethics, and Translational Research Program within RTI International conducts translational genetics and genomics research with a focus on rare diseases in newborns and young children. Our long-standing statewide newborn screening study, Early Check (, will begin implementing genomic sequencing this year. We are seeking a Senior Genetics Researcher/Principal Investigator who can provide leadership and support to Early Check, and strategic planning to grow our portfolio of work related to all aspects of translational genomics. The ideal candidate will have an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in genetics, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, or other related fields; expertise in genetics, genomic sequencing, and/or newborn screening; scientific leadership and/or organizational management experience with large, multidisciplinary teams; involvement in national or international initiatives; and a strong track record of funding and publications. The candidate can maintain an academic appointment and continue clinical practice, if desired. Transfer of currently funded projects will be given full consideration.

RTI International headquarters is located in Research Triangle Park, NC, a short distance from UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University. RTI also has regional offices across the United States. Scientists in the Genomics, Ethics, and Translational Research Program range from early-career to established investigators who implement pilot and full-scale research studies, evaluate programs, and provide technical assistance to support evidence-based strategies that inform policy and healthcare practice. The Program has a multidisciplinary approach and includes staff from a variety of backgrounds, including public health, genetic counseling, psychology, special education, social work, and chemistry. The Program resides within a larger business unit with experts in informatics, biostatistics, data science, and discovery genomics. We maintain an on-site, CLIA-certified lab. In addition, we partner with clinical genetics experts from local universities on many of our studies.

Please visit and search for job #23-10935 for more information about job responsibilities and qualifications. This position may be based remotely or out of any of RTI’s regional offices, with a preference for Research Triangle Park, NC.

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About Our Organization

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Our vision is to address the world's most critical problems with science-based solutions in pursuit of a better future. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development.

Combining scientific rigor and technical proficiency, we deliver reliable data, thorough analysis, innovative methods, novel technologies, and sustainable programs that help clients inform public policy and ground practice in evidence. We scale our approach to fit the demands of each project, delivering the power of a global leader and the passion of a local partner.

We believe in the promise of science, and we push ourselves every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world.

Our experts hold degrees in more than 250 scientific, technical, and professional disciplines across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development fields. Our staff of nearly 6,000 works in more than 75 countries—tackling hundreds of projects each year to address complex social and scientific challenges on behalf of governments, businesses, foundations, universities, and other clients and partners. And our separate business operations—including RTI Health Solutions—serve commercial clients across a wide range of industries around the world.

Our research institute maintains offices on four continents, with our headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, reflecting our roots in the area’s distinguished universities. Founded in 1958 with support from North Carolina government, education, and business leaders, we maintain close ties with North Carolina State University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Our dedication to innovative, objective research and technical services makes RTI an outstanding partner for clients around the world whose greatest challenges demand rigorous approaches and science-based solutions. It also makes RTI a great working environment for people who share our mission to improve the human condition.