Job Description

Job Title: Research Specialist
Job ID: 41027502
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Eack
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Western Psychiatric Hospital of UPMC is looking for a Research Specialist! This is a Full-Time position with up to 40 hours per week. Hours range Monday - Friday primarily between 8:30am - 4:30pm, occasional evening hours may be required as well. This position will involve blind clinical testing of participants as well as data entry, filing data, and creating folders for participants

The ideal candidate will have experience in a research setting as well as experience working in the mental health field. 

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.
Grant Funded Responsibilities:
  • Once trained, administer blind clinical assessments to participants in both a schizophrenia and autism study
  • Complete screening assessments including the SCID, WASI and WRAT
  • Administer and score questionnaires with participants's parents
  • Perform reliability scoring of tests administered and scored by other examiners 
  • Data entry of participant parent questionnaires
  • Data entry of neurophysiological and blind clinical data
  • Travel to clinical sites for recruitment of participants
  • Filing data
  • Ordering test supplies and bus tickets
  • Data cleaning as well as reviewing and resolving discrepancies
  • Making test packets
  • Create participant folders, maintaining research records, and tracking participants throughout the study 
  • Distributing participant folders, maintaining research records, and tracking participants throughout the study
  • Distributing participant payments under the formal payment system
  • Obtaining informed consent from potential research participants according to ethical principles as direct by the PI
  • Duplicating assessment forms
  • Attend regular supervision including weekly project meetings
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision once trained
  • Perform other duties as related to the research project as requested by the Principle Investigators, coordinator and/or supervisors
  • Must be able to juggle and prioritize tasks and keep open communication with the Principal Investigators and supervisors to ensure timely completion of all duties
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors


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

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • 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: $15.97 to $25.15 / hour

    Union Position: No

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