Job Description

Job Title: Technical Specialist
Job ID: 58941861
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department: Molecular Gen Path
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


The Technical Specialist will work with collaborative and interdisciplinary teams to assist with complex test interpretation, monitor and improve lab Quality metrics, and optimize efficient clinical lab operations. They will work with lab leadership for complex molecular test development, validation, and implementation within the clinical Molecular & Genomic Pathology laboratory. 

  • Write standard operating procedures and validations studies.Trains laboratory staff on newly developed clinical tests and performs follow-up quality assurance (Q/A) activities as needed.
  • Work with the lead technologist as needed to ensure there is a system for cross-training and rotational coverage among technologists to effect these goals.
  • Assist in Divisional educational roles with housestaff, clinical fellows, visiting fellows, medical and other students.
  • Require to assess regularly technical competency of staff as needed.
  • Collect, analyze and report data.
  • Evaluate all procedures used within the laboratory not only for their diagnostic efficacy but their safety for the employees.
  • Prepare appropriate test samples, introduce them into the laboratory several times each year and record the performance of the lab staff.
  • Serve as a liaison to clinicians and manufacturers in matters of new test development, interpretation and possible clinical trials involving all sections of the laboratory. Coordinate such activities with the Directors.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in preparation of presentations for scientific meetings, publications, or in the preparation of materials to promote Divisional or UPMCS programs.
  • Provide wet training for pathology residents or fellows in as needed.
  • Write procedures and oversees validation studies.
  • With the lead technologist develop an internal CME program for advanced laboratory tests. .
  • Provide for technical oversight/guidance of the laboratory functioning, clinical diagnostics and activities.
  • Develop and supervise new advanced state of the art diagnostic platforms clinical testing.
  • Primary responsibility for technical oversight/guidance of the clinical virology OR molecular laboratory. Activities to include development of new and novel testing modalities, maintenance of technical excellence, compliance with regulatory, safety and licensing requirements, maintenance of quality assurance parameters for each assay, development of quality improvement parameters for clinical tests, as well as transfer of new assays and technologies for routine use.
  • Develop a proficiency test program even in the absence of proficiency test samples from the usual regulatory agencies, but as required by these agencies (CAP, etc.)
  • Participates in the design and methodology of research and development projects, including how resultant data would best be analyzed.
  • Require to coordinate day-to-day and long term activities to achieve efficient assay performance while maintaining sensitivity to patient care needs with Lead Technologist.
  • Attend scientific meetings as budgets permit to expand knowledge base.
  • Develop remedial actions if performance is below expected.
  • Compliance with safety procedures will be monitored and documented as will remedial actions.
  • Provide ongoing one-to-one instruction as necessary to technologists in conjunction with Lead Technologist.


  • Doctoral degree in an area of basic or applied science required.
  • 2 or more years postdoctoral training preferred.
  • Strong background in molecular biological techniques is preferred as well as command of relevant background knowledge in Molecular Biology, Virology, and Biochemistry and demonstrated ability to design and perform `bench' studies. 
  • Supervisory experience and a demonstrated capability to troubleshoot technical problems required.
  • Ability to function independently, to follow, and understand relevant primary scientific and clinical literature, strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment to the Division's clinical service mission required.
  • Experience in wet- and dry-bench parts of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) assays
  • Experience in clinical molecular assay design and validation, per CAP guidelines
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Must work effectively with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, physicians, lab technologists
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of professionalism, enthusiasm and initiative on a daily basis. Must have ability to work in fast-paced environment. Attention to detail is critical. 

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $24.99 to $43.25 / hour

Union Position: No

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