Job Description

Job Title: Molecular Genomic Specialist I
Job ID: 631544
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: Special Genetics_PSL
Location: 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


At UPMC our Molecular Genomic Specialists play an indispensable role in providing the very best care for our patients. We rely on their skills and knowledge to perform accurate laboratory testing which is critical in the diagnosis and treatment of thousands of patients each day. If you’re a Molecular Genomic Specialist interested in building a meaningful career, UPMC could be your next step. This unique lab will soon transition to the latest generation of pregnancy screening methodology, including molecular genetics. Explore this position, and find out were your career can take you!

In this exciting new role, you will have the opportunity to 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. Apply competent clinical knowledge to achieve accurate clinical testing which leads to quality patient care outcomes.

  • 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. Accurately and precisely analyze molecular assay results for final interpretation by medical staff.
  • Effectively communicate with other laboratory members including lab leadership. Maintain track of technical and professional development, including but not limited to attendance at seminars/webinars and participation in educational programs and activities.
  • Identify critical, abnormal and/or unacceptable results and follow-up according to established protocol. Document all corrective action and follow-up with lead and/or supervisor.
  • Independently perform clinical testing in accordance with established SOPs. Process all clinical, QC and PT specimens through clinical workflow. Demonstrate high-level problem-solving skills and analytical abilities to successfully perform laboratory testing.
  • 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).
  • Operate, perform routine maintenance on, and calibrate all laboratory equipment as required. Identify problems with instrumentation, methodology, specimens, and/or supplies and follow-up according to established protocols.
  • Process samples meticulously to avoid cross-contamination. Meet established turn-around-time deadlines for clinical testing.


  • BS degree, major in biological science field 
  • OR BS degree in chemical or physical science field with at least 1 year experience in clinical molecular laboratory AND 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. 
  • 1 year of clinical molecular laboratory experience
  • OR 1 year of experience through training in appropriate molecular laboratory coursework

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

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

Salary Range: $19.13 to $31.92

Union Position: No

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