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Research Specialist | Sleep, Affective Neuroscience, and Development laboratory

Description

Join the Sleep, Affective Neuroscience, and Development laboratory team! Our lab studies how changing sleep and neural systems over adolescent development contribute to mood dysregulation (www.sleepneuro.pitt.edu). We are seeking a full-time Research Specialist to lead participant recruitment and data collection for a new study examining how sleep, daily activity rhythms, and brain function predict long term mood outcomes. The Research Specialist will recruit and screen participants; run standardized neurobehavioral and sleep/circadian assessments; and aid in data processing and management.


Ideal candidate is highly organized; detail-oriented; possesses strong interpersonal skills including teamwork, dependability, flexibility, and leadership; and has at least one domain of relevant research experience (running/processing functional MRI tasks, sleep-circadian rhythms data analysis, mood disorders assessments, or programming).

This position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruiting and screening adolescent/young adult participants
  • Conducting standardized study assessments involving questionnaires, sleep-circadian measures, fMRI scans, pupillometry, and computer tasks.
  • Aid in data entry, quality control, processing, and management of assessment data (sleep/circadian measures, fMRI, behavioral testing, pupillometry).
  • Ensuring accurate, efficient, and complete data collection and study documentation.
  • Assisting, as needed, with scheduling assessments, managing participant payments, data entry, project administrative tasks, and oversight of undergraduate students.
  • Able to maintain a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with laboratory-wide study investigators and staff.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity to study participants. Interact skillfully with adolescent, young adult, and clinical populations.
  • Handle sensitive clinical and research data in compliance with University, State and federal requirements.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field.
  • At least 1 year of research experience in clinical neuroscience or psychology is strongly preferred. Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Familiarity with a programming language for data analysis (e.g., Matlab, R, or Python).
  • Highly responsible and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evening and weekend hours.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and ability to prioritize among multiple tasks.

ADDITIONAL TASKS:

  • Complete and pass on-line ethics and research practice training modules as required by the University of Pittsburgh and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Completes other trainings as required by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
  • Perform in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34 with renewal

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