Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 96613413
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: M-F, 9am-5:30pm
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Ahmari
Location: 450 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15219


The laboratory of Dr. Susanne Ahmari in the Translational Neuroscience Program at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for a Research Specialist to help support the lab. The Ahmari lab uses multiple advanced techniques for the analysis and manipulation of neural circuits in order to discover the molecular, cellular, and circuit abnormalities underlying Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety. 

The ideal candidate will be able to work collaboratively and effectively communicate with an interactive and collegial research group. Specific job responsibilities include mouse colony maintenance (including breeding and genotyping), performing mouse behavioral studies (including optogenetics), cryostat/tissue mounting, immunohistochemistry, preparing reagents and solutions, and general lab duties such as autoclaving and dishwashing. 

This position is grant funded.


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

  • Perform database management.
  • Prepare reagents and solutions.
  • Behavioral studies with rodents, including optogenetics.
  • General lab duties (autoclaving, dishwashing)
  • Mouse breeding, weaning, identification and genotyping.
  • Collect and analyze experimental data.
  • Dissect brain tissue and perform histological analysis.
  • 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).
  • Collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.
  • Opportunities will also be available to learn in vivo microscopy and in vivo electrophysiology.
  • Preference for experience with stereotaxic surgery, including viral injections and implantation of cannulae.


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology, Chemistry or related research field.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • At least 1 year of experience working in a neuroscience or other biological science laboratory preferred.
  • At least 1 year of experience with rodent experiments generally, with specific experience in the areas of rodent colony maintenance, genotyping, and behavioral experiments is preferred.
  • Experience in stereotaxic surgery, optogenetics, and mouse behavior preferred.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34
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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