Job Description

Job Title: Molecular Genomic Specialist I or II
Job ID: 39133675
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight, Monday through Friday
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department: Molecular Gen Path
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

UPMC is hiring a full-time Molecular Genomic Specialist I or II to help support the Molecular and Genomic Pathology Laboratory! 


The MGP lab develops and offers state of the art diagnostic and prognostic molecular and genomic assays to provide the highest quality of patient care in the fields of solid tumors, hematological malignancies, and inherited genetics. In this exciting new role, you would work with an interdisciplinary and collaborative team to provide responsible and accurate molecular testing utilizing cutting edge platforms and informatics approaches including Next-Generation Sequencing.


**Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual education and experience.  


Purpose:

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.

Responsibilities:
  • Train new lab members.
  • Accurately record relevant data and values in case folders and internal databases.
  • Demonstrate high-level problem-solving skills and analytical abilities to successfully perform laboratory testing.
  • Independently perform clinical testing in accordance with established SOPs. Process all clinical, QC and PT specimens through clinical workflow.
  • Accurately and precisely analyze molecular assay results for final interpretation by medical staff.
  • Maintain track of technical and professional development, including but not limited to attendance at seminars/webinars and participation in educational programs and activities.
  • Appropriately use automated and/or liquid handling machines for clinical testing.
  • Process samples meticulously to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Adhere to established laboratory and hospital policies and good clinical laboratory practice in areas of procedures, quality control, quality assurance and safety and compliance.
  • Assist in research projects, new assay development and/or document control review as requested.
  • Operate, perform routine maintenance on, and calibrate all laboratory equipment as required.
  • 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.
  • Identify problems with instrumentation, methodology, specimens, and/or supplies and follow-up according to established protocols.
  • Help with instrument maintenance / PM.
  • Identify critical, abnormal and/or unacceptable results and follow-up according to established protocol.
  • Maintain supply inventory and order new supplies when needed.
  • Meet established turn-around-time deadlines for clinical testing.
  • Document all corrective action and follow-up with lead and/or supervisor.
  • Maintain proficiency in appropriate Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
  • Effectively communicate with other laboratory members including lab leadership.

Qualifications

Molecular Genomic Specialist I:
  • 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
  • Experience with many molecular lab techniques, including DNA/RNA extraction, PCR set-up and analysis, Sanger sequencing, qPCR, Next-Generation Sequencing preferred. 
  • Strong analytical and organization skills.
  • Works effectively with an interdisciplinary team of technologists.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • 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. 
Molecular Genomic Specialist II:
  • BS degree, major in biological science field 
  • OR BS degree in chemical or physical science field with at least 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. 
  • At least 3 years of molecular laboratory experience.
  • Experience with many molecular lab techniques, including DNA/RNA extraction, PCR set-up and analysis, Sanger sequencing, qPCR, Next-Generation Sequencing preferred. 
  • Strong analytical and organization skills.
  • Works effectively with an interdisciplinary team of technologists.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • 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. 
Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual education and experience. Molecular Genomic Specialist I salary starts at $21.74/hour. Molecular Genomic Specialist II salary starts at $23.26/hour.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • (MB) ASCP certification preferred.

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $22.80 to $36.63 / hour

Union Position: No

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