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UPMC complies with all governmental requirements related to local, state, and federal COVID-19 vaccination for employment. The Jan. 13 Supreme Court of the United States decision that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate will move forward requires UPMC to ensure employees either get vaccinated or receive a requested medical or religious exemption.

If you are not yet vaccinated, we urge you to get a vaccine now. You can schedule your COVID-19 vaccination through UPMC or visit a non-UPMC provider or UPMC Urgent Care location.

Proof of vaccination is not required upon hire; however, employees will be responsible for ensuring post-hire compliance by getting vaccinated or requesting a medical or religious exemption.

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Specimen Coordinator

  • Job ID: 046236359
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Department: Pathology
  • Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $17.92 to $28.44 / hour


UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is hiring a full-time Specimen Processor to support the Pathology department!  We are looking for individuals who are interested in working daylight hours Monday through Friday. No weekends or holidays! 

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is a leader in the treatment of childhood conditions and diseases, and a pioneer in the development of new and improved therapies..U.S. News & World Report has ranked UPMC Children’sHospital of Pittsburgh among the country's top 10 pediatric hospitals -in the breakdown of specialty care, Children's ranked third for pediatric cardiology!  Apply today!

Responsible for the coordination and dispatch of laboratory specimens to outside reference laboratories, hospital, and research testing facilities; responsible for handling of specimens related to research protocol; assists with the maintenance of long-term specimen storage.


  • Demonstrates knowledge of specimen collection requirements and shipping protocols for outside laboratories; facilitates specimen handling and shipping related to research or study protocols.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of specimen packaging and transport requirements; maintains required biohazard shipping certification.
  • Follows regulatory and departmental requirements and procedures for identifying laboratories of reference testing and dispatch of specimens; maintains accurate records of requests and reports.
  • Orders and accessions tests in the laboratory information system; enters and retrieves results as required; maintains department databases or electronic files as required.
  • Interacts with laboratory customers and outside reference laboratories courteously and professionally; responds to telephone inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Monitors and maintains supplies for those functions for which the position is responsible; uses materials in a cost-effective manner.
  • Monitors and maintains laboratory specimen storage systems, ie. refrigerators, freezers. Maintains records and retrieves specimens as requested.
  • Demonstrates independent judgment and recognizes priorities to accommodate department needs and acceptance of appropriate authority.



  • Bachelor's degree in Science.
  • One year of laboratory experience preferred.
  • Medical terminology knowledge preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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