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Research Manager I


UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is seeking a Full-time Research Manager I to support the Research Operations department!

This position will work daylight hours Monday through Friday generally between 8:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change based on business needs.

This position is grant-funded.

The Research Manager manages the research laboratory within the laboratory and MWRI/MWH policies, procedures, and guidelines and according to applicable authority levels, laws and regulations.


Dr. Sadovsky’s lab at Magee-Womens Research Institute studies fetoplacental development, which is critical for long-term health and wellness. Using human placental cells, mouse models, and placental samples from normal and abnormal human pregnancies, we investigate molecular pathways that govern placental adaptive response to diverse stressors that adversely influence the balance between placental cell injury and repair. Primary areas of inquiry include: (1) the role of microRNAs in placental function, combining computationally identified sets of miRNA targets, RNAseq, and functional assays to decipher the critical role of unique placental microRNAs in response to cell injury, (2) microRNA packaging and trafficking within exosomes and other extracellular vesicles, and (3) placental lipotoxicity and mobilization of lipid derivatives that are critical for fetoplacental development.

Primary duties include overseeing lab operations, arranging for equipment maintenance and service, ordering and stocking lab supplies, assisting in preparation and submission of protocols for safety and compliance in the responsible conduct of research (IRB, IBC, IACUC); overseeing and managing the laboratory’s specimen database and biobank; performing experiments that assist laboratory members in the conduct of molecular and cellular research projects; performing placental primary cell isolation and culture, and assisting the Principal Investigator in the recruitment, orientation, and monitoring of staff and students.


  • The results of actions have a measurable impact on a faculty investigator's research operation.
  • Required to understand practices and procedures. Resolve unique problems by collecting and interpreting information.
  • Perform complex scientific data reductions requiring the use of independent judgment.
  • Ensure that the laboratory meets applicable department, hospital, and regulatory safety and fire requirements.
  • Implements, maintains, documents, and assists in the development of an effective quality assurance/quality control program; meets reporting schedules and standards.
  • Participate in the preparation of papers for publication and presentation at meetings.
  • Individual's actions are focused on a specific section of the lab work and would have a measurable effect on the outcome of the research.
  • Organizes and interprets data and reports the results to the principal investigator, study nurses, and study monitors.
  • Work with the principal investigator and study nurses to solve study protocol problems.
  • Receive advice and input as needed from the faculty supervisor. Write, update, and maintain the laboratory policy and procedure manual according to department and hospital standards.
  • Solutions may include working with faculty supervisors to modify procedures and methods to address new conditions.
  • Ensure the operational efficiency and accuracy of laboratory equipment; arranges for the repair of equipment.
  • Assist with the development of curriculum materials for an educational research session(s).
  • May have responsibility for interviewing, orientation, scheduling, work assignment and receives input from faculty supervisor.
  • Program complex scientific and mathematical problems for solutions on a computer.
  • Supervise library and computer searches for research data.
  • Perform laboratory procedures and tests. Analyze and interpret the results.
  • Limited interaction outside of own work area and the MWRI.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in medical technology, chemistry, or basic science.
  • At least four years of post-graduate technical experience in a research environment.
  • Previous experience as a Research Assistant and/or Research Associate in a research environment.
  • Proficient management and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle, process, and evaluate specimens for testing.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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