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Research Assistant III


The Decision Neuroscience and Psychopathology Lab (DNPL) PI: Alex Dombrovski, MD is seeking a Research Assistant III. This candidate will work on several NIH-supported lines of research in close collaboration with Michael Hallquist’s Developmental Personality Neuroscience Laboratory at UNC Chapel Hill. Our lab studies decision-making and learning in mental disorders including borderline personality, depression, and suicide. We are particularly interested in social decision-making and in how people resolve the tradeoff between exploiting known valuable options and exploring unfamiliar ones. The position will support 3 ongoing projects in the lab. All projects use reinforcement learning models applied to behavioral and neuroimaging data to study:

  • examine how in depressed older adults, high cognitive demands and impaired decision making can lead to progression from suicide ideation to action

  • examine neural mechanisms of interpersonal dysfunction and decision making deficits in the predisposition for suicidal behavior

  • a novel 28-day EMA protocol collecting mood, EEG, EKG data to examine affective instability in daily life and how mood relates to reward learning in borderline personality disorder

More information about our lab can be found on our website:

This position is grant funded.


  • Perform entry level research related functions in support of a research project(s).
  • Perform more advanced clerical and/or data entry responsibilities.


  • High school diploma or GED required. Some college preferred.

  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.

  • Knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

  • Prior research experience preferred.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • OAPSA with renewal


UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran


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