Job Description

Job Title: Research Coordinator
Job ID: 744443
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Forbes
Location: 121 Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260


Our lab studies brain development during adolescence and young adulthood and how it is related to mental health problems such as depression and substance use. There are several ongoing studies, including one on brain stimulation, and all of them use neuroimaging and clinical interviewing. The lab has a strongly collegial, team-based culture. We value conscientiousness, dignity and respect for all, and a commitment to the goals of the group.

The employee will be managing projects and people across several different studies. Ability to anticipate challenges and take initiative to solve problems is very important, as is attention to quality. Seeing the big picture of each study and the lab overall, supervising staff respectfully, conducting quality assurance, and keeping everything running smoothly are key activities of the position.

There will be some management of others (with HR responsibilities), interaction with families who have mental health problems, work with the IRB to keep studies running properly and ethically, and coordination across labs and departments (e.g., with collaborators, with the MR Center, with the Sleep lab).

The ideal person has enthusiasm for lab operations and mental health research. They are able to see the big picture and set priorities but also understand which details need to be attended to.

This position is grant funded.


This position will coordinate various research activities for the department including but not limited to, day-to-day operations, administrative tasks, quality control initiatives, and general clinical/research assistance.

  • Assist in data collection, quality review of data, data analysis and data presentation and publication.
  • Coordinate and administer questionnaires, and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as needed.
  • Coordinate and perform duties for approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures.
  • Coordinate recruitment efforts, training, and supervise research staff as needed.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Follow the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient/participant.
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRB approval, protocols and consent forms for studies.


  • Masters degree in psychology, health administration, or other related field is required.  
  • Five years of relevant research and/or administrative experience in a clinical or academic setting is required. 
  • Clinical familiarity (e.g. assessing for mental health disorders, dealing with families with mental health issues) preferred.
  • Prior lab management experience preferred. 
  • Prior supervisory experience strongly preferred. 
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Products). 
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written. 
  • Strong organizational skills.

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: $22.60 to $39.11 / hour

Union Position: No

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