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Lab Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 02/07/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 04/07/2018
Working Title Lab Technician
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 34205-GSPH-Infectious Diseases & Microbiology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0058600
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (IDM), one of Pitt Public Health’s original four departments, has for more than three decades been largely defined by outstanding research and public health initiatives against HIV-1, the AIDS virus. Investigations by our faculty members have led to several important discoveries and have enabled scientists around the world to advance their research not only in AIDS but in virology, immunology, cancer, and other infectious diseases.

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Division of Infectious Disease & Microbiology is seeking a Lab Technician. The primary responsibility of this position is to gather data from PMS volunteers. Other essential duties shall be performed at times not interfering with serving volunteers. Duties include obtaining and reviewing medical histories; writing lab requisitions per the study protocol; measuring height and weight; making clinical chart notations; phlebotomy, and how to process and store blood for shipment to the lab; preparing appointment and mis-appointment letters; making appointment and mis-appointment calls; collecting biohazardous material; coordinating functions with the laboratory; and performing various types of health promotion including writing, publishing and disseminating newsletters. Overnight travel may be necessary.

Additional duties include assisting the Director of Community Programs by writing and producing the quarterly PMS newsletter, serving as webmaster for all our online activity including producing and monitoring our online presence including creating new pages, marketing the site and updating it regularly, staffing our World AIDS Day Committee, create and place all PMS advertisements, developing and implementing mechanisms to obtain online data as well as analyze statistical and qualitative data on Volunteer Satisfaction and creating and maintaining the PMS archive including interviewing principle faculty, staff and volunteers, collecting images from photographs and various art forms related to the PMS, identifying critical paper documents, articles, historical information and converting them for online preservation as well as hard copy preservation.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Bachelor’s degree in a health-related profession or an equivalent combination of experience and education required. Training as a professional writer or public relations staff person required. Training in group facilitation and community relations preferred, as is expertise with computers and scanners, ability to work with large data sets, training in social marketing, and training in library indexing.

At least three years of experience in media-related profession and one year in medical or health research preferred.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

Work schedule may vary due to the needs of the clinic.

If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  2. Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter