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UPMC complies with all governmental requirements related to local, state, and federal COVID-19 vaccination for employment. The Jan. 13 Supreme Court of the United States decision that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate will move forward requires UPMC to ensure employees either get vaccinated or receive a requested medical or religious exemption.

If you are not yet vaccinated, we urge you to get a vaccine now. You can schedule your COVID-19 vaccination through UPMC or visit a non-UPMC provider or UPMC Urgent Care location.

Proof of vaccination is not required upon hire; however, employees will be responsible for ensuring post-hire compliance by getting vaccinated or requesting a medical or religious exemption.

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Lead Specimen Processor


UPMC Shadyside is hiring a full-time Lead Specimen Processor, daylight 6:30 am to 3:00 pm shift to support the Automated Testing Laboratory! This role will be scheduled 40 hours per week and may require some weekend and holiday responsibilities. This is your chance to join a patient-focused and team-oriented laboratory that specializes in world renowned oncology and takes great pride in what they do for the patients and their families. 

UPMC is Pennsylvania’s largest nongovernmental employer with endless opportunities, and we offer a competitive benefits package that few employers can match. If you're someone who has medical terminology knowledge, basic computer skills and customer service skills, we want to hear from you!


  • All duties of a Specimen Processor including:
    • Demonstrates service orientation approach by conveying courtesy, respect, enthusiasm and a positive attitude in work situations.
    • Shows initiative and offers assistance in the completion of the department's work.
  • Additional expectations:
    • Responds courteously to customer complaints and works to provide a satisfactory outcome.
    • Requests changes to charge codes.
    • Investigates billing questions.
    • Participates in the orientation and training of new employees or students.
    • Manages training schedules for the assigned section.
    • Orders supplies as required.
    • Manages inventory needs within the section.
    • Monitors all work activities in the section, observing that all processing duties are performed according to procedures.
    • Ensures that all associates use appropriate biohazard protection and that all safety guidelines are followed.
    • As needed, meets with researchers and sets up proper ordering conventions and billing accounts.
  • All duties of a Senior Specimen Processor including:
    • Able to competently manage 85% of any processing responsibilities.
    • Completes schedules for the section to ensure adequate coverage and minimal overtime. 
    • Assures smooth operation of the section.
    • Adjusts work assignments, and completes Kronos timecards according to deadlines.
    • Assumes temporary delegated duties during Supervisors absence.



  • High school graduate required.
  • Associates or B.S. degree preferred.
  • 3 years of experience required as a laboratory specimen processor (or higher) in order to acquire a thorough knowledge of laboratory and sectional policies and procedures.
  • Effective troubleshooting and interpersonal skills.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • A.S.C.P. certification preferred
  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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