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Research Associate WPIC


This position is in the laboratory of 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). The Research Associate WPIC is responsible for managing the laboratory division within laboratory and hospital policies, procedures, and guidelines and according to applicable authority levels, laws and regulations.

Travel is required for this position and will be between the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office in the Strip District and the Starzl Biomedical Science Tower in Oakland. Travel between the two buildings depends on weekly schedules but is typically 2-3 days per week.

This position is grant funded. 


  • Provide liaison with Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner (ACOME).
  • Assist with Brain Bank activities, as assigned.
  • Assist with brain tissue processing and documentation.
  • Assist with tissue retrieval and distribution.
  • Perform subject records entry in database and perform searches.
  • Collect data, analyze and prepare reports of Brain Bank and ACOME activity.
  • Assist with case retrieval and processing of brain tissue.
  • Coordinate freezer space allocation and organization.
  • Perform in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors degree required preferably in psychology or related field.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Experience working in a neuroscience, neuropathology or other biological science laboratory highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of neuroanatomy and skill in brain removal and dissection is highly preferred.
  • 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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