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Molecular Genomic Specialist (I or II)

Description

UPMC Presbyterian is hiring a full-time Molecular Genomic Specialist (I or II) to support the Molecular and Genomic Pathology Laboratory (MGP)! This role will be scheduled daylight shift, Monday-Friday.

The MGP is a dynamic, state-of-the-art clinical laboratory that prides itself on delivering the highest quality of patient care in the fields of inherited diseases, hematological malignancies, and solid tumors by utilizing cutting-edge molecular testing platforms and informatics approaches exemplified by next-generation sequencing. This role offers a challenging and rewarding career by providing a wide variety of job responsibilities as well as opportunities to identify and build upon individual strengths. Additionally, the MGP promotes lab-wide collaboration and teamwork where each staff member is valued for their unique skill set that they can offer to the team.
 
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!
 
Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education. The Molecular Genomic Specialist I salary starts at $22.01/hr.
 
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 of 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.
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.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • (MB) ASCP certification preferred.
  • Act 34
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