Job Description

Job Title: Research Project Assistant (White Oak, PA)
Job ID: 687983
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Ganguli M
Location: 3029 Jacks Run Road, White Oak PA 15131


The research project assistant will be responsible for subject recruitment (ages 65 and older), scheduling and conducting home visits (including neuropsychological testing, physical and neurological exam and blood draw), follow-up telephone calls, medical record abstraction as needed, completing Clinical Dementia Ratings, and participating in consensus conferences.

Home visits will require travel of approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour daily.

This position is grant funded.


Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s). Share responsibility of managing the day to day activities for the research project. Handle project specific tasks as needed.

  • Recruit participants via telephone calls using proper research protocol
  • Schedule appointments according to protocol.
  • Conduct 4-5 home assessments per week according to research guidelines, which include accuracy and competency in:
    • obtaining informed consent 
    • collecting data
    • performing physical/neurological examination under supervision of Program Manager
    • assessing medication use under supervision of Program Manager
    • conducting neuropsychological testing
    • follow research protocol for cash participant payments
  • Obtaining blood samples
  • Keep retention of participants a priority.
  • Adhere strictly to the Universal Precaution standards
  • Maintain and respect participants’ confidentiality at all times. 
  • Deal with clinical issues that arise from the assessments in a sensitive, professional manner, and report details to appropriate personnel.
  • Complete accurate coding, scoring, and Clinical Dementia Rating for each subject preferably on the same day as visit or at least within 1-2 days of the visit.
  • Conduct follow-up phone calls according to research guidelines.
  • Abstract medical record data as need arises.
  • Participate in consensus conferences as scheduled by Program Manager.
  • Maintain accurate records/logs of work completed.
  • Communicate effectively with Program Manager, Office Manager, and Oakland staff
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a team member.
  • Demonstrate motivation, judgment and initiative appropriately.
  • Perform in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Assist with preparation of mailings to participants.
  • Assist other co-workers as needed when workload is lighter. 
  • Report all matters of concern to program manager in a timely manner.
  • Assist with forms development and preparation of operations manuals, the compilation of the sampling frame, and of detailed street maps of the Mon-Yough area.
  • Attend project meetings and consensus conferences in Oakland as required.
  • Complete annual competencies and educational requirements
  • Participate in public relations efforts within the community.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Program Manager.


  • Bachelors degree required preferably in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, or related research field. 
  • Minimum of two years 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.  

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34 Criminal History

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

Salary Range: $16.23 to $25.77

Union Position: No

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