Job Description

Job Title: Research Assistant Clinical Research
Job ID: 734581
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: TCR in Women(MWRIF/Zimbab)
Location: 204 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


This position is for clinical research related to family planning and the development of contraceptives and microbicides for prevention of pregnancies and STI prevention as well as HIV prevention. 

The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting phone screens to identify potential participants, scheduling participant visits, completing study related phone calls, assisting with recruitment, conducting study related visits which involve administering questionnaires, obtaining vital signs, collecting, processing and sometimes shipping lab specimens, phlebotomy if indicated, and assisting either one of the Nurse Practitioner’s or MD during the exam portion of the study visit. The Research Assistant will need to be comfortable interacting with women obtaining a medical abortion. 

This position is grant funded.


Under Faculty or Research Associate supervision, accurately performs research projects according to established study design and procedures.

  • Administer questionnaires, and assists with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Assist in obtaining educational resources necessary to perform and interpret research and to remain abreast in research area of function.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Perform approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, storage and analysis of data and reporting of results.
  • Prepare, label, store and disposesof reagents, and calibrates equipment for research projects.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • When position is required to work within the outpatient clinic, assist with patient care activities to ensure efficient and appropriate service.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology or other basic science or Bachelor of Arts degree in a science or health related field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in related science courses.  
  • Manual dexterity and visual acuity necessary for handling and processing specimens for testing, including preparation of specimens, operation of laboratory equipment, microscopic examination, etc. 
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately collect, store and interpret research data. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with patients, staff and investigators.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

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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