Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 764056
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Keshavan (Montrose)
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


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

This is a Research Specialist for the Department of Psychiatry’s Psychosis Recruitment and Assessment Core (PRAC). This position would be primarily responsible for screening and recruitment activities of the PRAC and will be trained in the conduct of clinical, diagnostic and neuropsychological assessments. 

We are interested in understanding psychosis utilizing various instruments including MEG, EEG, MRI, and neuropsychiatric measures. We see people that are at risk or have had a recent onset of psychosis and a comparison group of subjects.

This position is grant funded.

  • Ability to maintain a harmonious and productive working relationship with all individuals associated with the research.
  • Able to effectively communicate research mission and aims to potential participants and referral sources.
  • Accuracy, timeliness and completeness of research assessments, data entry and management.
  • Collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.
  • Completeness and accuracy of clinical judgment of study assessments at each timepoint.
  • Identify potential subjects, including but not limited to individuals with psychosis, those at heightened clinical and/or genetic risk for psychosis, and healthy comparison subjects through inpatient and outpatient clinics throughout Western Pennsylvania for PRAC research studies.
  • 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).
  • Is available for evening and weekend appointments and conference/outreach attendance as needed.
  • Maintains research instrument inter-rater reliability as required by protocol(s).
  • Motivated, self-starter who implements independent recruitment techniques to ensure reaching subject recruitment goals.
  • Obtaining informed consent.
  • Participates in outreach efforts to build community relationships and increase knowledge of PRAC research in order to meet recruitment goals.
  • Participates in regular research meetings for reliability, to review and discuss subjects' progress through protocol and research issues.
  • Presentation of recruitment efforts and diagnostic data impression to multi-disciplinary research team.
  • Prompt entry of subject information into MS Access database system.
  • Psychiatric screening of potential subjects for inclusion and exclusion criteria for PRAC studies.
  • Scheduling assessments for assigned PRAC studies, according to individual study's IRB protocol.
  • Sound understanding of human subjects research policies and practices.
  • Systematic filing and the overall maintenance and organization of research assessment files.
  • Timeliness with which assigned tasks are carried out.
  • Training in the administration of structured clinical, diagnostic and neuropsychological research assessments with the goal of independent administration.
  • Work with contacts from individual research teams within PRAC to understand target population, study aims and recruitment needs to meet the stated goals of each study.


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 comptuers and common software packages required. Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

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  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management

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

Salary Range: $15.58 to $24.54 / hour

Union Position: No

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