Job Description

Job Title: Sr. Research Assistant (Clinical Research)
Job ID: 38793590
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Varies
Shift: Variable
Facility:
Department: 8867 Placenta as Window to Maternal
Location: 204 Craft Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

The Catov research group studies pregnancy complications and their link to long term risk for heart disease and diabetes in mothers.

This position will be responsible for recruiting for research visits, conducting research visits, helping the team to innovate to improve recruitment and retention of research participants.

The ideal candidate has great communication skills and is organized, enthusiastic, willing to learn and interested in research and/or women's health.

This position is grant funded.

Purpose:

Responsible for accurately performing research projects according to established study design and procedures and is under limited faculty or Research Associate supervision. Acts as a lead resource for other laboratory support personnel. Under supervision, coordinates the daily operations in the designated research area. Performs a variety of complete functions, including overseeing timely and accurate functioning in the respective area.

Responsibilities:
  • Ensure the proper preparation of labels, proper storage and disposal of reagents, and proper equipment calibration for research projects.
  • Perform approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, storage and analysis of data and reporting of results.
  • Assist in obtaining educational resources necessary to perform and interpret research and to remain abreast of new knowledge and techniques in research area or function.
  • Assist the Research Associate and/or principal researcher in the day-to-day oversight of the research support staff and investigator's research budgets.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Communicate the daily progress of research projects via meetings with, and written reports to, research investigators and/or the Research Associate.
  • Perform site visits as a clinical monitor for multi-center trials.
  • Assist in record keeping, inventory and equipment management.
  • Facilitate study initiation by attending necessary meetings.
  • Administer questionnaires, and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Act as a technical resource on a daily basis, leading the activities of other research support staff.
  • 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.
  • Assist with training programs for other Research Assistants and Research Technicians on research activities and practice.

Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Two years experience in a research environment with at least one year in the designated specialty of research
  • 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
  • Successfully meet all competency requirements established for a Senior Level Research Assistant
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34

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

Salary Range: $17.62 to $29.28 / hour

Union Position: No

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