Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist - fMRI
Job ID: 661689
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Prasad
Location: 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


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

  • Conduct image processing 
  • Understand, design and administer cognitive paradigms for fMRI studies, and analyze fMRI data. 
  • Train students and volunteers in image processing
  • Perform basic computer maintenance and optimal data transfer
  • Entry of biological data into computer programs
  • Development of data queries for statistical analysis
  • Organization of the clinical and biological data for computer analysis
  • Analysis of brain metabolism by means of 1H and 31P MRS
  • Other related duties as assigned in connection with this research


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in bioengineering, computer science or psychology is preferred 
  • Background of cognitive neuroscience and paradigm designing strongly preferred
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required. 
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required. 
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Windows/UNIX/Linux/MAC OS X operating system 
  • Proficient in Office packages, including but not limited to Microsoft database and spreadsheet programs
  • Software proficiency to analyze structural MRI, fMRI, MRS and DTI data 
  • Some experience with installation of hardware and software in UNIX workstations, Macintosh, and PCs
  • Organizational skills

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

Salary Range: $14.69 to $23.13

Union Position: No

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