Molecular Genomic Specialist I or II

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, PA
Job Description

Job Title: Molecular Genomic Specialist I or II

Job ID: 704700

Status: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Shift: Day Job

Facility: UPMC Presbyterian

Department: Molecular Gen Path

Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


UPMC is hiring a full-time Molecular Genomic Specialist I or II to help support the Molecular and Genomic Pathology Laboratory!

In this exciting new role, you would provide responsible and accurate advanced molecular testing for use in the diagnosis and treatment of patients and in the evaluation of a patients response to treatment. You would also be able to apply competent clinical knowledge to achieve accurate clinical testing which leads to quality patient care outcomes.

Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual education and experience.


* Accurately and precisely analyze molecular assay results for final interpretation by medical staff.

* Accurately record relevant data and values in case folders and internal databases.

* Adhere to established laboratory and hospital policies and good clinical laboratory practice in areas of procedures, quality control, quality assurance and safety and compliance.

* Appropriately use automated and/or liquid handling machines for clinical testing.

* Assist in research projects, new assay development and/or document control review as requested.

* Demonstrate high-level problem-solving skills and analytical abilities to successfully perform laboratory testing.

* Document all corrective action and follow-up with lead and/or supervisor.

* Effectively communicate with other laboratory members including lab leadership.

* Help with instrument maintenance / PM.

* Identify critical, abnormal and/or unacceptable results and follow-up according to established protocol.

* Identify problems with instrumentation, methodology, specimens, and/or supplies and follow-up according to established protocols.

* Independently perform clinical testing in accordance with established SOPs. Process all clinical, QC and PT specimens through clinical workflow.

* Maintain expertise in or knowledge of molecular biology techniques, including but not limited to: nucleic acid isolation, nucleic acid quantitation, PCR/RT-PCR/qPCR, Sanger sequencing, LOH, methylation analysis, MassARRAY MALDI-TOF, next-generation sequencing, etc.

* Maintain proficiency in appropriate Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).

* Maintain supply inventory and order new supplies when needed.

* Maintain track of technical and professional development, including but not limited to attendance at seminars/webinars and participation in educational programs and activities.

* Meet established turn-around-time deadlines for clinical testing.

* Operate, perform routine maintenance on, and calibrate all laboratory equipment as required.

* Process samples meticulously to avoid cross-contamination.

* Train new lab members.


* BS degree, major in biological science field

* OR BS degree in chemical or physical science field with at least 16 semester hours in chemistry (including at least 6 hours in inorganic chemistry), 16 semester hours in biology courses pertinent to the medical sciences, and 3 semester hours in mathematics.

* At least 3 years of molecular laboratory experience to be a Molecular Genomic Specialist II

Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual education and experience.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

* (MB) ASCP certification preferred.

* Act 34 Criminal Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $20.60 to $35.57

Union Position: No

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