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Molecular Genomic Specialist (I or II)

  • Job ID: 22000226
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Daylight, M-F
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
  • Department: Molecular Gen Path
  • Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $23.82 to $38.96 / hour

Description

UPMC Presbyterian is hiring a Molecular Genomic Specialist (I or II) to support the Molecular and Genomic Pathology Laboratory (MGP)! 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.

Why UPMC?

We don't just take care of our patients - we take care of our team too. In addition to our competitive benefits package, you can expect:

  • A generous sign-on bonus of $15,000 for those who qualify.
  • A challenging and rewarding career that provides a wide variety of job responsibilities as well as opportunities to identify and build upon individual strengths.
  • Lab-wide collaboration and teamwork where each staff member is valued for their unique skill set that they can offer to the team.
  • A career ladder that provides growth opportunities for lab associates to enjoy more professional challenges, promotional opportunities, and career enhancement.
  • An AWARD-WINNING WORKPLACE: 
    • UPMC was ranked #1 for "Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers" by Diversity MBA Magazine’s: 50 Out Front Companies for two years in a row.
    • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties.
      • It is ranked #1 in Pittsburgh and #2 in Pennsylvania.

Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education. The Molecular Genomic Specialist II salary starts at $26.14/hr.

Sign-On Bonus Details:
$15,000 for a 3-year commitment


Responsibilities:

 

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

 

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

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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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