Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 670190
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Szanto
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


We are seeking a bright, compassionate and motivated person who will perform clinical and laboratory research with adults (aged 18 to 80) at risk for suicide under the supervision of Drs. Katalin Szanto and Alexandre Dombrovski. The purpose of the study is to understand what makes people vulnerable to suicide by examining their emotions, behavior, decision-making, and brain activity. Clinical, neuroscience, and computer training, collaboration with a team of psychiatrists and neuroscientists, and optional academic activities provide excellent opportunities for professional growth. An ideal candidate should be interested in psychiatry/psychology/neuroscience and have some research experience. For outstanding and interested candidates, we offer independent/supervised research and publication opportunities, as well as training in brain imaging.

An ideal candidate should be interested in psychiatry, psychology, and/or neuroscience and have some research experience outside of the classroom. For outstanding and interested candidates, we offer independent/supervised research and publication opportunities, as well as training in brain imaging. 

This position is grant funded.

Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s). Collect and gather research data for research project.

  • Collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.
  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) including recruitment, scheduling appointments, obtaining written consent forms, collecting data by conducting phone or face to face interviews for research project(s).
  • Participant recruitment., ie. manage advertisements, track recruitment, and develop strategies to increase response in targeted populations. 
  • Schedule assessments and ensure complete follow-up whenever possible
  • Conduct in-person and telephone semi-structured interviews and clinical assessments, and write descriptive clinical summaries (after necessary on-the-job training) 
  • Assist in acquisition, transfer, and processing of fMRI and EMA data (on-the-job training). 
  • Assess suicidal risk and contact physician investigators when further assessment and intervention are needed 
  • Assist investigators with grant proposal submissions
  • Ensure that complete data are turned in promptly 
  • Submit regular reports detailing the progress of the research, including NIH progress reports and IRB renewals.


  • Bachelors degree required, preferably in psychology, neuroscience, sociology or related research field.  
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required. 
  • Proven ability and motivation to ensure high quality standards in collecting data, attention to detail 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, and especially organizational skills 
  • Ability to prioritize and perform tasks in a flexible and efficient manner 
  • Intermediate computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Mental Health experience working with adults or in the field of geriatrics
  • Matlab/R scripting, and motivation to learn new software
  • Prior training in semi-structured clinical interviews and assessment scales (SCID, SIDP) and commonly used scales in depression (e.g. HDRS, BPRS, Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation, Beck Suicide Intent Scale) and neuropsychological (e.g. Folstein MMSE) research. 

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UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $15.13 to $23.82

Union Position: No

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