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Cytogenetic Technologist


Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is hiring a casual Cytogenetic Technologist to support the Pittsburgh Cytogenetic Laboratory (PCL)! This role will be scheduled varied hours, Monday-Friday. 
Through the use of both traditional cytogenetic techniques as well as molecular cytogenetics by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), the PCL performs chromosome studies on a wide variety of specimens. The PCL is a state-of-the-art facility where you will have the opportunity to make an impact on life-changing medicine.
Apply today to find out where your career can take you! 
Perform clinical analyses of patients' chromosomes when genetic defects or syndromes are suspected.

  • Initiate cultures using sterile techniques following procedures to ensure optimal growth of samples.
  • Participate in the organization and direction of ancillary work performed by support and service personnel and volunteers.
  • Monitor growth of subcultures and determine when cultures are ready for harvest.
  • Follow mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Adjust harvesting procedures daily based on environmental conditions and appearance of other recent harvests.
  • Choose correct culture media and places in appropriate incubator.
  • Place slides on microscope and determine and record the location of appropriate cells for analysis.
  • Participate in a rotating weekend and holiday standby on-call schedule and carry a pager.
  • Prepare karyograms for each case on the imaging system and analyze them for the presence of chromosomal defects.
  • Perform specimen harvesting, slide making, and/or banding as needed when on-call.
  • Determine number of cultures to be set up based on size of sample and clinical diagnosis.
  • Determine when subcultures should be performed on non-primary cultures.
  • Change media in cultures according to established schedules.
  • Harvest primary and subcultures when ready.
  • Perform techniques necessary to acquire preliminary cytogenetic diagnosis on STAT newborns.
  • Clean and maintain supplies and equipment.
  • Perform subcultures when necessary and determines number of subcultures to be initiated from original cultures based on amount of cell growth present.
  • Perform appropriate banding and staining procedures to ensure optimal visibility of chromosome structure.
  • Count the number of chromosomes and analyze the structure of each chromosome to determine if a genetic defect is present.
  • Monitor temperature and carbon dioxide levels in incubators to ensure growth of cultures.
  • Prepare slides from harvested cells.
  • Image capture appropriate number of cells on each case on the department's computerized imaging system.
  • Retrieve and set up specimens as required.
  • Maintain records of culture initiation, growth, manipulation, and harvests on all specimens.
  • Retrieve samples to process for analysis.
  • Assist with the teaching and training of students and various hospital professionals.
  • Monitor growth of specimens and determine when primary cultures should be harvested.


  • Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Biology or Chemistry required.
  • 1 year job or college lab experience required.
  • Analytical ability to perform advanced genetic tests, interpret and analyze test results noting abnormalities and discrepancies including determination of causality and troubleshoot and maintain instruments.
  • Ability to prepare cultures using sterile techniques, and to prepare and analyze slides and karyotypes.
  • Interpersonal ability to interact with hospital staff, students and outside laboratories.
  • Interpersonal ability to appropriately answer telephone inquiries from physicians, nurses, patients and other outside laboratories concerning specimens.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34
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