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Job Description

Job Title: Biosignal Processing Specialist
Job ID: 821272437
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight, M - F
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: FRANZEN
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213



Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s). Collect and gather research data for research project. Help manage data and prepare data for analysis. Help coordinate scheduling and other lab functions.


In this position you will providing research support in a laboratory conducting sleep and neuroscience research (projects include a longitudinal study of adolescents, and studies of clinical populations, such as youth and adults with psychiatric disorders). This position provides research assistance by conducting fMRI, psychophysiological and behavioral research protocols, managing data collected during assessments, and providing lab management assistance to the Principal Investigator. Some evening and weekend hours may occasionally be required.

Data processing and analysis of biological signals (e.g., psychophysiological, neural) collected from human subject research, including biosignals from laboratory and/or ambulatory passive sensing. Integration of signals from multiple modalities for processing and analysis (e.g., biological, behavioral, self-report, clinical). Coordination with other investigators or staff on data collection protocols, including assisting with oversight of quality control of biosignal data acquisition.

  • Process biosignal data (e.g., psychophysiological, neural) collected from laboratory or ambulatory passive sensing research protocols
  • Accurately compile data from a variety of data sources into databases for analysis, including merging biological data streams with other psychological, clinical, behavioral and/or self-report variables
  • Coordinate with other investigators or staff on data collection protocols, including assisting with oversight of quality control of data acquisition.
  • Assist with general data management tasks, such as data transfers or data backups
  • Keep accurate logs of status of data transfers, processing and analysis
Grant Funded Responsibilities:
  • Manage data including cleaning, preprocessing and quality control for behavioral, physiological and fMRI data.
  • Perform quality assurance over all aspects of data collection and management, including data flow, data preprocessing and quality checking, maintenance of all project databases, data security and confidentiality.
  • This will include performing and overseeing quality control for functional MRI data and physiological data using lab-standard algorithms and UNIX tools.
  • Preprocess behavioral, physiological, and fMRI data and maintain databases of indices for these measures.
  • Develop scripts and coding for the preprocessing pipelines.
  • Prepare and analyze neuroimaging, psychophysiological, and behavioral data for presentations, papers, etc.
  • Maintain all regular lab functions including troubleshooting errors within the preprocessing streams and implementing solutions.
  • Run patient assessments to collect physiological and neuroimaging data, conducting phone interviews to determine research project eligibility
  • Assist as needed with recruitment, scheduling appointments, obtaining consent/assent of research participants 


  • Bachelors Degree in psychology, biology, neuroscience, computer science, data science, bioinformatics or related field 
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages (e.g., excel, Matlab, EPrime)
  • Working knowledge of scripting or syntax creation for data processing or analysis
  • Experience working with biological, neural, psychological, behavioral, or passive sensing data
Preferred Experience 
  • Working knowledge of research methodology, including study design and data acquisition
  • Experience with signal processing or time series analysis 
  • Prior related work experience in a research setting or with data collected from a research protocol
  • Minimum one year of experience in a research project and/or related clinical or neuroscience research setting
  • Experience with computer programming/coding (Matlab, Python, UNIX)

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 31
  • Act 33
  • Act 34
  • Act 73

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $15.97 to $25.15 / hour

Union Position: No

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