Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist - Translational Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Lab
Job ID: 42219502
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Pecina
Location: 100 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

Under the direction of Dr. Marta Pecina, the Translational Neuroscience and Neuroimaging lab (TNN lab) seeks to understand individual differences in mechanisms of treatment response in patients with depression. In particular, we aim to delineate a model-based theory of antidepressant placebo effects that explains the biological substrates of the interaction between expectancies, learning, and mood. The TNN laboratory uses a number of neuroimaging methodologies, including task-based and resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), computational approaches to behavior and mood, and biological markers.


This position will be responsible for clinical interviewing, project coordination and recruitment duties, consisting of, assessing depressed individuals, monitoring the workflow of the research protocol, troubleshooting data collection, ensuring compliance, assisting with regulatory reports, developing recruitment strategies, etc. 


The ideal candidate will have experience conducting clinical trials. Spring 2020 graduates are encouraged to apply! 


This position is grant funded.


Purpose:

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

Responsibilities:
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

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  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $15.97 to $25.15 / hour

    Union Position: No

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