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Research Specialist


This Research Specialist will be part of the NIH funded Pittsburgh site of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. The ABCD Research Consortium is the largest long-term brain development study in the US.  It consists of 21 research sites across the country and has enrolled over 10,000 children ages 9-10.  Researchers are currently tracking their biological and behavioral development through adolescence into young adulthood. For more information see

The ideal candidate is able to work a flexible schedule to accommodate subjects, has attention to detail, ability to work independently and to establish rapport with research subject. 

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:
  • Conduct research assessments with parents, children and teens including structured interviews, neuropsychological testing and self-report computerized measures 
  • Assist in MRI screening, preparation and brain imaging scans, provide instructions to subjects while undergoing MRI
  • Explain research protocol and obtain informed consent from participants
  • Maintain and update database, perform data entry and verification as needed
  • Track and assess subjects for follow-up, participate in the active retention of subjects, schedule and confirm appointments
  • Process participant payments via the Vincent system, arrange for subject transportation
  • Attend weekly staff coordinator meetings with study coordinator and/or investigators to provide study progress report 


  • 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.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous work experience with elementary aged children and teens
  • Phlebotomy experience 
  • Working knowledge of web-based research data collection
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Driver's License
  • 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

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