Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 745266
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 9am-5pm
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Ferrarelli
Location: 3501 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


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


The Research Specialist will be participating in a number of clinical research activities, including performing high-density (hd)-EEG, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) with simultaneous hd-EEG in healthy subjects, psychiatric patients, as well as individual at high risk for mental illness.  This study is part of a NIMH-funded, five years Center Grant, investigating the neural mechanisms and circuits underlying cognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia and other related psychotic disorders.

In this role, the ideal candidate will be assisting in the execution of research protocols and services. In order to accommodate the needs of our participants, this position requires flexibility to work variable hours, including during the daytime, evening and/or weekend.



  • 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, sociology or related research field. 
  • 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.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    • Act 31 Clearance
    • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
    • 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 / hour

Union Position: No

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