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Sr Research Coordinator (Thurston Lab)


The Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory (Thurston Lab) is devoted to understanding and enhancing women’s health at midlife and beyond. The lab, located at Sterling Plaza, is within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. The Senior Research Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functioning of the clinical research operations and staff for the conduct of SWAN (Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation): Aging, an ongoing multi-site longitudinal study of women through the menopause and beyond. This position is responsible for directing and overseeing operations related to data collection, storage, and dissemination at the SWAN Pittsburgh site. 

This position is grant funded.


  • Train, supervise, and direct staff to perform research duties for Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, and storage of data. Protocols include participant screening and recruitment, taking medical histories, administering blood pressure screenings and other physical measures, obtaining research specimens, administering questionnaires. Responsible for protocol troubleshooting, and for protocol adherence; for data quality control; and for participant safety and follow-up.
  • Attend SWAN Project Director and other committee calls as assigned and update PI and research staff with relevant information. Act as a liaison with other study sites as well as the Administrative, Laboratory, and Data Collection Cores. Assist with dissemination of study results at the Pittsburgh site, support interaction with Pittsburgh site junior investigators, and play a key role in monitoring and protecting participant safety at the Pittsburgh site.
  • Collect information, data and source documents appropriate to study protocols, such as medical records for adjudication and death certificates. Maintain confidentiality and security of records.
  • Process, label, store and ship blood specimens obtained from research subjects. Maintain IATA certification for shipment of specimens.
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRB approval, protocols and consent forms for studies. Submits the clinical research projects to all applicable internal and external departments for required review and approvals.  Assist with progress reports to NIH.
  • Maintain a safe, clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards. Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper 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 participant. 


  • Bachelor’s in Psychology, Sociology, Public Health or Health Sciences related field required. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in coordinating multiple aspects of research projects (patient recruitment, assessment, data collection, and budgeting) required.
  • 1 year of supervisory experience.
  • 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, and with a high degree of professionalism.
  • Ability to effectively interact with study participants and research and medical staff.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately with participant population (women in midlife and older).

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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