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Research Project Assistant | The Affective Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology Lab


The Affective Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology Lab is a dynamic, busy clinical neuroscience lab with a team atmosphere and a culture of respect and inclusivity. The mission is meaningful and important: to reduce suffering by investigating the brain mechanisms relevant to the pathophysiology and treatment of depression, suicidality, and related problems in adolescents and young adults. The several ongoing studies include a variety of techniques, including neuroimaging, neuromodulation, ambulatory monitoring, and pharmacologic manipulation.

The Research Project Assistant will be managing projects and people for clinical neuroscience research in adolescents and young adults. This will involve preparing IRB submissions/activities, training staff to assess participants and perform research procedures, supervising staff, scheduling and planning studies, tracking progress of studies, managing data, ensuring good documentation, and coordinating with another lab and the MRI Research Center. They’ll need to have some clinical skills, good sense of research design, and high standards for quality of data and safety of participants. They’ll work with a team of 5-6 research assistants, a data manager, and a clinical research coordinator, and they’ll contribute to creating a productive, positive culture in the studies and in the lab generally.

This position is grant funded.


Independently help to lead and manage research across studies. Contribute to research activities across research protocol(s) for studies of depression, suicidality, and related psychopathology in adolescents and young adults. Share responsibility of managing the day to day activities for the research projects. Use clinical and research skills to oversee training and supervision of study staff, ensure quality of procedures with participants, and attend to participant safety and data integrity. Coordinate research activities with centers and other labs, handle project specific tasks, and contribute to compliance and record-keeping activities as needed.


  • Share responsibility of managing the day to day activities for the research project.
  • Assist the project coordinator with study execution, participant payments, scheduling, quality assurance, data management, and supervision/training of staff.
  • Assist the project coordinator in coordinating flow of participants through the project, including screening, tracking contacts and attendance, scheduling, maintaining current contact information, conducting follow-up visits.
  • Handle all special projects for research protocol(s).
  • Collaborate in all recruitment and retention activities of research subjects.
  • 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, data analysis, and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology and quantitative approaches strongly preferred.
  • Prior supervisory and/or project management experience preferred.
  • Clinical experience with assessment, treatment, or management in mental health settings preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34 with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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