The ASHG-NHGRI Post-Baccalaureate Genomics Analyst Fellowship is for recent college graduates to gain exposure to and training in multiple career paths relevant to human genetics and genomics. Training will focus on services for the public benefit, especially those provided by government and nonprofit organizations. This may include scientific program and grants management; public policy and advocacy; public education and engagement; science communication; nonprofit management; diversity, equity and inclusion; and other workforce development initiatives. This is an ideal professional development opportunity for those seeking a two-year position prior to enrolling in graduate or professional school. The fellowship provides experiences working at either: the National Institutes of Health within the NHGRI’s Extramural Research Program or ASHG, a non-profit scientific professional organization.
At NHGRI, fellows will carry out scientific project management duties in support of program directors in the NHGRI Extramural Research Program, which awards grants to academic and biotechnology communities to carry out basic and applied genomics research. Fellows will see first-hand how genetics/genomics research is funded and conducted, as well as how its findings are disseminated. Fellows will have the opportunity to directly interact with funded scientists and NHGRI senior leadership and will have broad exposure to the breadth of projects funded by NHGRI as well as genomics-related career paths.
At ASHG, fellows will support ASHG program directors, who oversee human genetics and genomics policy and advocacy; communications and public engagement; scientific, digital, and career development programs; and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. While Fellows at ASHG will be assigned to a primary program area based on their interests and organizational need, they will also be exposed to a wide variety of genomics-related career paths through collaborative opportunities across ASHG’s program areas and departments and will be behind the scenes of how the ASHG Annual Meeting comes together each year.
The qualified candidate is expected to:
Have earned (or will earn prior to the start of the fellowship) a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in a biological science or a genomics/genetics-relevant field less than three years prior to the date they begin the fellowship and be eligible to work in the United States. (Current undergraduates may apply if they expect to complete their degree prior to the start of the fellowship)
Have a demonstrated interest and/or experience in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, computational genomics and/or data science
ASHG is a dynamic professional community of human genetics researchers, clinicians and other specialists who work at the leading edge of discovery, generating new genetic knowledge and translating it rapidly to improve human health and well-being. A non-profit founded in 1948, ASHG has nearly 8,000 members worldwide; hosts as many as 9,000 attendees annually at the world’s largest genetics and genomics meeting; publishes two respected journals, the flagship American Journal of Human Genetics and a new OA journal Human Genetics and Genomics Advances; and undertakes a growing array of public outreach, education, policy, and advocacy programs throughout the year. ASHG is a dynamic and healthy organization with 31 staff, an annual budget of nearly $8 million, and prudent reserves.