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Research Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 04/18/2017
Working Title Research Specialist
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35242-Med-Biomedical Informatics
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0134914
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

A Research Technician position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Erik Wright in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. The Wright lab ( studies the evolution of microorganisms that can naturally produce antibiotics, as well as the evolution of clinically-relevant bacteria that have acquired antibiotic resistance. The position will primarily be located at Bridgeside Point II (450 Technology Dr).
The successful candidate is expected to have prior wet lab experience in standard microbiological and molecular techniques (e.g., microscopy, cloning, qPCR) and be a quick learner. Careful attention to detail and excellent organizational skills are required. The incumbent must be a team player and enthusiastic about assisting senior researchers in the development of research proposals and papers.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Independently collecting and analyzing data
- Developing and troubleshooting new procedures and protocols
- Coordinating research activity, including data generation and quality control
- Maintenance of existing strain stocks, and creation of new stocks
- Assisting the administrator with lab management duties such as ordering supplies and laboratory equipment, organization of freezer and lab spaces, care and maintenance of laboratory equipment, and monitoring laboratory safety and developing safety plans.

Informal inquires can be made with Dr. Erik Wright (, but formal applications must be made through the Pitt Source website.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Prior wet lab experience in standard microbiological and molecular techniques

Required Licenses/Certifications


Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents