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Research Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 05/18/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 10/29/2017
Working Title Research Specialist
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35370-Med-Cardiothoracic Surgery
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0134124
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a qualified Research Specialist.

The Research Specialist will be responsible for creating and maintaining basic lab databases, research design and execution and mouse colony care. The Research Specialist will provide oversight and support to other researchers in the laboratory with ongoing experiments. The Research Specialist will be expected to participate and contribute to regular lab meetings, abstract, manuscript and proposal preparation, and internal/external meetings, seminars, conferences, and retreats.

A Bachelor’s degree in related field plus 2-3 years of professional experience is required. Basic Skills in IRB and grant preparation as well as experience in mouse genetic work, mammalian cell curltur, RNA and protein isolation from tissue and cultured cells, gene delivery (viral and non-viral), histology, immunohistochemistry, phase contrast microscopy, and fluorescence microscopy is required.

Additionally, experience in cancer biology and experimental methods as well as bio imaging techniques is highly advantageous. Familiarity with computer and common software packages (Microsoft Office, SYSTAT, Sigma Plot, Matlab) is expected.

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

Bachelor of Science degree related to cell biology, bioengineering, or physiology and 1-3 years working experience in a setting employing similar 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.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
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

Some overtime required and shift may vary depending on business need.

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 higher 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. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter