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Research Coordinator - Dermatology

  • Job ID: 864709004
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Monday - Friday, Daylight
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: 60701 POP07 DERM Administration
  • Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $24.05 to $41.60 / hour


The Department of Dermatology incorporates a broad range of clinical services, research and teaching activities to deliver the highest quality health care and to champion clinical innovation by leading through research and education. The Department offers clinical services in general dermatology, cutaneous oncology, medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic and aesthetic dermatology, and dermatopathology. The Department's research activities span a broad range of investigative endeavors from basic science to clinical trials.  

Efforts of the Falo lab focus on developing a better understanding of cutaneous biology and skin immune function and leveraging that evolving understanding to develop new skin-targeted strategies to modulate local and systemic immune responses. This includes the development of enabling technologies for the delivery of drugs, antigens, and immunomodulatory agents to the skin microenvironment. These efforts span and integrate a full range of scientific investigation from basic bench research, through animal models, ex vivo translational studies of human cells and tissues, and investigator initiated clinical trials. 

This position is grant funded.


This position is for a Research Coordinator involved in patient-related studies. This position will involve contact with study participants, scheduling appointments, administering research questionnaires, follow-up of study participants, collecting, entering and verifying data, assisting in quality control procedures and general clinical research assistance.

  • Perform duties for approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, and storage of data.
  • Meeting all IRB and FDA requirements and maintaining records for both 
  • Coordinating all aspects of screening and recruitment of study subjects, including: consent process, working with PI/designate to determine subject eligibility, and obtaining subject lab reports
  • Organize and assist in clinical sample collection including collection, characterization recording and banking of samples according to established protocols and standards.
  • Assist in translational research including, for example, sample preparation for DNA/RNA analysis and proteomics. Assisting in translational analysis including performance of routine laboratory assays such as ELISA, flow cytometry, immunohistology, and related assays.   
  • Assist in hypothesis generation, data collection, data analysis and data presentation and publication.
  • Complete online IRB certification modules 1 and 2 (Research Practice Fundamentals) in accordance with Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Assist in data collection and data entry and quality control of data. Contribute to writing protocols, regulatory documents, manuscripts and presentations 
  • Collaboration and coordination between multidisciplinary, clinical, translational, and basic research teams.
  • Process, label, store and ship blood specimens obtained from research subjects.
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRB approval, protocols and consent forms for studies.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Administer questionnaires, and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Follow the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.


  • B.A. degree, or equivalent combination of experience and training - including 3-5 years of experience in coordinating multiple aspects of research projects (patient recruitment, assessment, treatment planning, and data collection,) required.
  • Experience with routine laboratory studies and working in a translational research environment is desired.  
  • Phlebotomy skills a plus.
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Products). 
  • IRB experience preferred. 
  • Ability to accurately collect, and store research data. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with patients, staff and investigators as well as maintain patient confidentiality
  • Strong organizational skills. Ability to work independently, must be able to work a flexible schedule based on study needs. Ability to interact with patients/study participants and research and medical staff.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below. 
  • Knowledge of the principles of growth and cognition over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department's policy and procedures.

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