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Research Lab Coordinator

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 10/20/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 12/16/2017
Working Title Research Lab Coordinator
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 50205-LRDC
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0134250
Hiring Range $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Position Description

This position is located at the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh. The lab data coordinator will help analyze the work of a developmental neuroscience lab, studying how life experiences influence reward and emotion brain circuitry. The lab uses behavioral studies and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand (a) how children and adolescents learn about different aspects of their environment, (b) how brain circuits responsible for learning are shaped by exposure to stress, and © why neural changes due to stress confer risks for negative outcomes during development. Primary duties include organizing and analyzing data with statistical techniques, operating computer systems, and contributing to research reports, grant proposals and presentations. Additional duties may include recruiting, scheduling and running research participants in a behavioral and fMRI laboratory.

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

Qualifications include: B.A./B.S. in psychology, social work, neuroscience, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, or related areas; excellent interpersonal skills especially working with low-income and underserved populations; strong organizational abilities; 2-3 years research lab experience; understanding and experience of psychology and/or neuroscience fields in order to contribute to conceptual discussions and research papers, possibly leading to authorship in resulting publications; strong proficiency using software such as Microsoft Office; knowledge of statistical procedures; Experience with (and/or a working knowledge of) computer coding (basic linux knowledge, stimulus presentation in Matlab or Python, and/or data analysis in R statistical software) is required.

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 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 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