Job Description

Job Title: Cytotechnologist
Job ID: 637335
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department: Cytology Lab
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


UPMC is hiring a full-time Cytotechnologist to help support the Cytology Laboratory at UPMC Presbyterian! The position will work a daylight shift, with rotating on-call responsibilities.


Cytotechnologists at UPMC Presbyterian have the opportunity to assist the Pathologist in the interpretation of nongynecologic cytology sample for consideration by the Pathologist on nongynecologic cytology samples.  The successful candidate also would participate in fine needle aspiration collection and adequacy assessment. This role is also flexible to work with other urban and non-urban Cytology Laboratory sites throughout UPMC and offers opportunities for professional growth.


UPMC Presbyterian Cytology is currently developing telecytology and other digital cytology initiatives that will chart the course of the future of cytopathology.  The successful candidate is a dedicated, enthusiastic, and technologically savvy cytotechnologist who will play a key role in the development and implementation of next-generation cytopathology.  The UPMC Presbyterian Cytology Laboratory offers opportunities for academic collaboration with a group of enthusiastic and collegial Cytopathologists in a dynamic and exciting environment.

In this role you would make the final interpretation on the majority of negative Pap tests and render a diagnosis for consideration by the Pathologist on all other cell samples.

Sign on and relocation bonuses may be available!

  • Adhere to established laboratory and hospital policies in areas of procedures, methods, quality control, quality assurance, safety, compliance and personnel policies.
  • Assist with special projects and conferences.
  • Assist with the collection of fine needle aspirations and other specimens as necessary following established procedures.
  • Assume responsibility for first-line supervision of the section/department on a temporary basis as delegated.
  • Correlate pertinent clinical history and obtain it when necessary as well as correlate current case with previous cytologic and/or surgical specimens.
  • Enter diagnoses on all patient cases in the Pathology Information System and sign out negative Pap tests.
  • Identify problems with instrumentation, methodology, specimens, supplies, or results and take appropriate action.
  • Interact with all laboratory customers courteously and professionally; respond to telephone inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of cytologic criteria and keep abreast of current developments in the field of cytotechnology.
  • Operate and maintain equipment within the scope of training utilizing defined schedules and written instructions to perform quality control checks, preventive maintenance, and calibration. Perform minor repairs.
  • Oversee and assist with problem solving of staining and cytopreparatory procedures; perform cytopreparation, staining and clerical functions as necessary.
  • Perform all responsibilities according to the philosophy of the UPMC Health System such that the needs of our customers are fulfilled.
  • Perform evaluation of cell samples according to established protocols with accuracy in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Perform final sign out of diagnoses on the majority of Pap tests.
  • Render diagnosis for consideration by Pathologist on all other cell samples and mark diagnostic areas on slide.
  • Train and orient new employees, students and residents.


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college/university required
  • Successful completion of a CAHEA accredited Cytotechnology program required
  • OR equivalent education and experience
  • 1-2 years experience as a Cytotechnologist is preferred
  • Pathology Information System experience preferred

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Cytotechnologist (CT (ASCP)) certification or registry eligible is required
  • If registry eligible, successful completion of the ASCP registry exam is required within 18 months from date of hire
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology

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

Salary Range: $21.81 to $34.53

Union Position: No

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