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Research Specialist | Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)


The UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of a full time Research Specialist. The Research Specialist will provide research and administrative support under the direction of the Principal Investigators and Study Coordinator for a NIDA funded, randomized clinical trial for Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD). The study’s aims include: testing strategies to improve retention in treatment on MOUD among patients seeking treatment for OUD, testing strategies to improve outcomes among patients who have achieved stable remission on MOUD and want to discontinue MOUD, and developing models to predict who is able to discontinue MOUD without relapse, based on patient characteristics.  

The successful candidate must have strong written and oral communication skills. The ability to work independently and as a team is required. The ideal candidate will be familiar with research methodologies with and have a strong interest in substance use treatment and management. Must be able to travel between the Oakland and Mercy Health Center project sites.


This position is grant funded.



Independently execute job functions for research protocol including but not limited to:

  • Administer protocol interviews, assessments, and research specimen collection per study protocols to study subjects. This includes meeting with the subject and creating rapport for the testing situation; must administer all tests in a standard fashion and maintain clean records of test materials.
  • Administer study prescreens to determine eligibility of potential study participants.
  • Recruit study participants per protocol specific eligibility and exclusionary criteria.
  • Track, coordinate and schedule study subjects’ assessments and study visits at appropriate time intervals.
  • Complete all regulatory assignments and regulatory documentation related to studies in a timely manner and communicates pertinent information to appropriate team members.
  • Monitor subject recruitment and schedule subjects for protocol assessments or treatment sessions as directed by the protocol at appropriate time intervals. To include: making follow-up calls to subjects, 2) tracking subjects through all phases of the study to ensure accurate follow-up and 3) coordinate the subject scheduling.
  • Collaborate effectively with other disciplines in the provision of quality care and the implementation of research goals. Collaborates weekly with the PIs, and other Node and study protocol staff regarding recruitment, data collection, and medical status and safety monitoring of study subjects.
  • Participate in CTN teleconferences and meetings.
  • Completes the collection of research data in a timely manner and ensure accuracy and thorough collection of all data.
  • Perform data entry and ensure the accuracy of the data entered.
  • Assist study team in all levels and phases of the research project, e.g. planning meetings, prepare status reports, preparation of presentation of research findings, problem solve, etc.
  • Performs other administrative and study related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology or related research field. 
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required. 2+ years of experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required. 
  • Experience with patient recruitment procedures and working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred, including clinical trials.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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