Job Description

Job Title: Research Assistant III; Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience (Casual)
Job ID: 736580
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours: All Shifts
Shift: Variable
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: CTSI
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


he Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience Center (SBNC) provides state-of-the-art scientific, administrative, and technical support in the conduct of behavioral neuroscience research throughout the 24-hour cycle across the lifespan. Our unique areas of expertise, innovation, and excellence are in the acquisition and processing of physiological and behavioral data. Our services are available for investigators across the University of Pittsburgh and partnering institutions.The SBNC is a highly dynamic research unit with at least a twenty active research protocols.


Perform research related functions in support of a grant funded research project.

  • Perform entry level research related functions in support of a research project(s).
  • Perform more advanced clerical and/or data entry responsibilities.
  • Assists polysomnographic technologists in acquiring accurate and complete recordings of electrophysiological data in the Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience Center (SBNC) laboratory. 
  • Assists with study procedures as specified by the protocol design which may include (but is not limited to):
    • monitoring of various data acquisition devices
    • administration of forms and paper/pencil and computer assessments
    • collection labeling and storage of urine samples
    • accurately obtaining vital signs from participants and patients.


  • High school diploma or GED required. 
  • Some college preferred. 
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required. 
  • Knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred. 
  • Prior research experience preferred.

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

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

Salary Range: $13.31 to $20.87

Union Position: No

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