Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist (NeuroScience of Threat, Executive Function, and Motivation)
Job ID: 722838
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: JONES
Location: 121 Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260


Research in the NeuroScience of Threat, Executive Function, & Motivation (NSTEM) lab focuses on understanding the impact of emotion and motivation on cognitive control in psychopathological disorders. Where we define cognitive control as the ability to flexibly adapt behavior to current demands, by promoting task-relevant information and behaviors over temporally-extended periods and in the face of interference or competition. We use to tools of cognitive affective neuroscience to address our primary questions including the use of standard cognitive tasks under conditions of threat and safety, pupillometry, as well as functional neuroimaging techniques. 

The employee will be screening, assessing, and running potential participants diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders who will be asked to complete a neuroimaging and ecological momentary assessment (daily diary) study that will take place over multiple sessions. Applicant will also work to clean fMRI and pupillometry data using unix and matlab scripts. 

This position is grant funded.

  • 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).


  • Bachelors degree required, preferably in psychology, neuroscience, or related research field. 
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.  
  • Previous data collection experience with behavioral, eye tracking, and/or fMRI assessment
  • Computer skills in data management, statistical analysis programs, or programming helpful
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings.
  • Must have the ability to interact skillfully with clinical populations.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required. 
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

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  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

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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