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Laboratory Support Technician

  • Job ID: 462547874
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Daylight and/or Evening
  • Shift: Variable
  • Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
  • Department: Microbiology Lab
  • Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $15.88 to $24.98 / hour


UPMC Presbyterian is hiring a full-time Laboratory Support Technician for the Clinical Virology Laboratory! This role will be scheduled varied shifts between daylight and/or evening hours with rotating weekend and holiday responsibilities. 
This is your chance to join a patient-focused and team-oriented laboratory that specializes in both molecular virology and microbiology. We take great pride in what we do for the patients and their families. If you're looking to join a modern, state-of-the-art facility, along with a dynamic and diverse team that gives you a sense of reward and accomplishment, this is the place for you!

UPMC is Pennsylvania’s largest nongovernmental employer with endless opportunities. We offer a competitive benefits package that few employers can match and have a career ladder in place that provides growth opportunities for lab associates to enjoy more professional challenges, promotional opportunities, and career enhancement. Apply today to find out where your career can take you!
Works with Technical staff in the Laboratory to support analytic activities with tasks required prior to specimen analysis. Duties and responsibilities may vary by location and by services provided by the hiring department.

  • All duties of a Specimen Processor including:
    • Answers phone inquiries.
    • Investigates specimen status and report disposition.
    • Directs callers to additional resources as needed.
    • Receives, sorts, prepares and delivers testing-ready specimens for analysis to work areas.
    • Demonstrates service orientation approach by conveying courtesy, respect, enthusiasm and a positive attitude in work situations.
  • Additional duties:
    • Performs routine and basic instrument maintenance according to established protocols.
    • Records temperatures if required.
    • Assists with restocking supplies to maintain an optimal inventory.
    • Maintains clean and orderly storage spaces for room temperature, refrigerated, and frozen supplies.
    • Prepares and replenishes instrument reagents and consumables as needed.
    • Organizes and prepares patient reports for long term storage.
    • Assists with specimen/slide storage and retrieval.
    • Checks pending worklists. 
    • Investigates and resolves any unprocessed work.
    • Decontaminates work area, keeping a neat and clean working environment.
    • Tests and cleans emergency eyewashes and showers as assigned.
    • Sorts laboratory waste as needed and ensures that proper disposal occurs.
    • Additional duties as needed and/or assigned.
  • Additional duties (Pennsylvania locations only):
    • Prepares specimens at workstations for testing.
    • Includes building worklists, checking specimens for acceptability (clots, QNS), aliquoting specimens, loading/unloading specimens onto instruments.


  • High school diploma or equivalent with at least 2 years of experience as a Specimen Processor (or equivalent) required in a clinical lab OR;
  • Associate degree (with biology and chemistry courses) and at least 1 year of experience as a Specimen Processor (or equivalent) in a clinical lab OR;
  • Phlebotomy or Medical Assistant certification and 1 year of experience as a Specimen Processor (or equivalent) in a clinical lab OR;
  • Successful completion of a 50 week U.S. military medical laboratory training course OR;
  • B.S. degree from an accredited institution with a major in a biological or clinical laboratory science OR;
  • Currently enrolled in a Medical Laboratory Scientist or equivalent training program with 3 years of college credits required.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant MLA (ASCP) or equivalent certification preferred.
  • Valid driver's license if one is departmentally required (not required for this location).
  • Act 34
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