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Research Associate WPIC



This position is in the laboratory of Dr. David A. Lewis, MD, which is part of the Translational Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. The lab’s research focuses on the neural circuitry of the prefrontal cortex and related brain regions and the alterations of this circuitry in schizophrenia. In addition, the lab is one of the NIH NeuroBioBank (NBB) Brain and Tissue Repositories (BTRs).

This position is responsible for the identification, recovery and transportation of brain specimens from cases of interest, and will participate in the initial processing, storage and tracking of all recovered brain specimens. In addition, the Research Associate will participate in research activities supporting Dr. Lewis’ research studies including cryomicrotomy, immunocytochemistry, and histological and molecular techniques.

This position is grant funded. 

  • Assist in the execution of research protocols and services.
  • Maintain accurate documentation.
  • Provide liaison with Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner (ACOME). Collect data, analyze and prepare reports of Brain Bank and ACOME activity.
  • Assist with brain tissue processing, retrieval, distribution and documentation. 
  • Coordinate freezer space allocation and organization.
  • Perform subject records entry in database and perform searches.


  • Bachelors degree required preferably in psychology or related field.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required. 
  • Prior related work experience in a research setting preferred.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34
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