Job Description

Job Title: Molecular Genomic Specialist I
Job ID: 69268535
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: Special Genetics_PSL
Location: 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is excited to be hiring a Molecular Genomic Specialist I. This role will be scheduled Monday through Friday daylight hours. 


Provide responsible and accurate advanced molecular testing for use in the diagnosis and treatment of patients and in the evaluation of a patient?s response to treatment. Apply competent clinical knowledge to achieve accurate clinical testing which leads to quality patient care outcomes.

  • 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.
  • Accurately record relevant data and values in case folders and internal databases.
  • Process samples meticulously to avoid cross-contamination.Meet established turn-around-time deadlines for clinical 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.
  • 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.
  • Adhere to established laboratory and hospital policies and good clinical laboratory practice in areas of procedures, quality control, quality assurance and safety and compliance.
  • 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.
  • Maintain proficiency in appropriate Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
  • Appropriately use automated and/or liquid handling machines for clinical testing.Accurately and precisely analyze molecular assay results for final interpretation by medical staff.


  • 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.

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

    Salary Range: $21.31 to $33.86 / hour

    Union Position: No

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