Research Assistant

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 10/06/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 10/29/2017
Working Title Research Assistant
Job Classification Research II
Department Name 35214-Med-Ophthalmology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0131781
Hiring Range $20,904.00 - $32,760.00
Position Description

This Research Assistant will assist in running an imaging facility. Duties include maintenance of microscopes and computers, record keeping, ordering, training users on equipment and ensuring proper of equipment. Specific interest in computers, microscopic imaging and image analysis and background in scientific imaging, programming, graphics and analytic software is desirable. Ability to lift 30 pounds is required. This individual must be extremely dependable, detail-oriented, highly organized, self-motivated, patient and interact well with others. Ability to work effectively with computers and to learn new applications is required. This position involves working with research faculty and staff, students, and volunteers. TB test and PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Undergraduate degree in life sciences, computer sciences or biomedical visualization, or equivalent experience. Familiarity with microscopes, scientific imaging and image analysis. Experience with volumetric imaging. Experience developing and troubleshooting image analysis desirable.

Experience working with precision instruments and laboratory equipment and maintaining computer data. Research experience desirable. Experience working in a multi-cultural research environment.

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 8:30 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