Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 41855813
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: FRANZEN
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Research opportunity to join the Pittsburgh Sleep in Teens Study—a longitudinal study of adolescents to understand how changing sleep and neural systems leads to problems such as depression and suicidal thinking. Responsibilities include screening, recruiting, and consenting adolescents, and helping with data collection for a study involving questionnaires, fMRI scans, behavioral tasks, and actigraphy. 

Other duties include scheduling follow-up assessments, locating participants, managing participant payments, and project administrative tasks. 

Preferred candidates will have experience in research, and will be personable and non-judgmental. Organizational skills, detail-oriented, punctual, good time management, and professional communication are required. 

Ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and organization skills, and will have had prior experience running and preprocessing fMRI data; be comfortable working in UNIX environment and with matlab code; and/or conducting diagnostic clinical assessments.

Some evening and occasional weekend hours may be required.

This position is grant funded.


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

  • 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.


  • Bachelor's 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.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $15.58 to $24.54 / hour

    Union Position: No

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