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Molecular Geneticist (MD or PhD) (m/f)

TYPE DE CONTRAT : CDD - temps plein

The Laboratoire national de santé (Luxembourg public institution) is recruiting for a full or part time role and for a 1 year contract a:

Molecular Geneticist (MD or PhD) (m/f)

at the National Center of Genetics at the earliest convenience.



About LNS

The « Laboratoire national de santé » (LNS) is a public institution under the supervision of the ministry of Health in Luxembourg. Organised as a multidisciplinary institute and supported by a professional services team, the LNS includes four scientific departments in the fields of medical biology, microbiology, forensic medicine and health protection, in addition to hosting the National Center of Pathology and the National Center of Genetics.

The LNS has its new premises in Dudelange, with state of the art, modern infrastructure in line with recent developments in medical sciences.

Its objective is to develop scientific and analytical expertise related to the prevention, diagnosis and monitoring of human diseases. Its ultimate mission is to serve patients and citizens and offer excellence in health care.

The National Center of Genetics (NCG) is responsible for all aspects of human genetic related health care of Luxembourg. In order to meet the challenges ahead, we are looking for committed employees with a high level of expertise and innovative ideas. We are equipped with a state-of-the-art laboratory, including an Illumina platform for next-generation sequencing. We offer the unique possibility to be involved in Luxembourg`s national strategy to develop clinical genetics, to expand clinical and diagnostic activities, to promote research activities, and to take part in national and international networks and programs such as the “Plan national maladies rares 2018-2022”.


About the mission

The Molecular Geneticist will actively participate in molecular genetic diagnostics and clinical reporting in the context of hereditary diseases (mainly hereditary cancer). He or she will also participate in implementation and set up of novel workflows and tests, with a focus on next-generation sequencing and other molecular biology techniques.


Main activities

  • Analyze molecular genetic data in the context of hereditary disease
  • Write molecular genetic reports for patient diagnostics
  • Participate in molecular and multidisciplinary boards for clinical cases
  • Liaise with outside clinicians and the geneticists and genetic counselors of the Center
  • Participate in genetic counseling (for MDs)
  • Participate in the development and implementation of new molecular genetic tests with clinical relevance
  • Contribute to the accreditation of the laboratory
  • Supervise laboratory workflows
  • Participate in the training of students (Master or PhD level) and coach them


Desired profile

  • MD in Genetics with specialization in molecular genetics or PhD in Biology or Biological Sciences, ideally Molecular Biology
  • Experience in molecular genetic diagnostics in the context of hereditary diseases and/or non-hereditary diseases (cancer), including variant interpretation and reporting
  • Experience in the field of hereditary cancer is desirable
  • Experience in project-management and managing a team of laboratory technicians
  • Recognition as Clinical Laboratory Geneticist or equivalent (e.g. Fachhumangenetiker) in an EU country and /or Authorization for signature of laboratory reports in Luxembourg according to the Règlement grand-ducal du 18 décembre 1998 would be an advantage
  • In depth knowledge of bioinformatic tools used for NGS data analysis in a clinical context (variant calling, filtering, prioritization and annotation, copy number analysis, fusion gene detection)
  • Good IT knowledge (Windows / Linux); coding skills (Python, Java, bash) welcome
  • Ability to work autonomously and to prioritize the most important projects
  • Working proficiency in English including for the writing of clinical reports, ideally combined with working proficiency in either French or German. Luxemburgish is an asset.