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Research Project Assistant (SWAN)


The Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory (Thurston Lab) is devoted to understanding and enhancing women’s health at midlife and beyond. The lab is within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. The Research Project Assistant will be responsible for and will take a leadership role in the longitudinal Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) by screening, recruiting, and consenting SWAN participants, conducting psychological and physiological measurements, administering interviews, data coding and entry, etc. The ideal candidate would be someone who has prior human subjects research experience, has strong organizational skills, is detail-orientated, and has effective communication skills.

This position is grant funded.


  • Share responsibility of managing the day to day activities for the research project.
  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) which include:
    • Recruit and screen participants, schedule study appointments, meet the participants at study visits, obtain written consent forms, orient participants to study procedures, administer anthropometric, psychometric and cognitive assessments, conduct laboratory testing, equip participants with ambulatory study equipment, train participants on the use of monitors and diaries, handle participant payments. 
  • Code physiologic data collected. Enter self-report and physiologic data.
  • Ensure the accuracy and completeness of all study data collected.
  • Assist the project coordinator in coordinating flow of participants through the project, including recruitment, screening, tracking contacts and attendance, and maintaining current information on how to contact participants, etc.
  • Handle all special projects for research protocol(s).
  • Handle both administrative and research job duties as needed for research protocol(s).


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology or related research field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills, critical thinking/analytical skills, and the ability to make independent decisions is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and written/oral communication skills.
  • Experience performing phlebotomy preferred.
  • Prior supervisory and/or project management experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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