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Laboratory Assistant

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 11/07/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 01/06/2018
Working Title Laboratory Assistant
Job Classification Research II
Department Name 13207-Psychology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135837
Hiring Range $20,904.00 - $32,760.00
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh’s Psychology Department is seeking a qualified Laboratory Assistant. This position is 20 hours per week and will be in an immunology wet lab. The incumbent will perform bench work on research projects examining pathways between psychological factors, the immune system, and susceptibility to disease in humans.

The incumbent will be responsible for the processing and analysis of biomarkers from human blood and hair samples, with techniques including cell culture, ELISAs, and other immune assays. Duties include preparing samples for storage, setting up experiments/assays, recording results into study databases, and assisting with the maintenance of laboratory inventories and equipment.

The candidate should be independent, responsible, ensure a safe working environment, and maintain all regulations, such as OSHA. In addition, the candidate must have excellent organizational skills and pay special attention to detail. The individual must be able to work in a diverse, University environment. The candidate will be trained and supervised by a laboratory manager and faculty member.

NOTE: The hiring range is for full-time positions and will be prorated based on 53% effort.

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

The candidate must have at least one year of experience in a biological laboratory working with human samples. This experience is necessary to quickly and reliably learn the assays. Computer skills are a must, knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel preferable.

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, Part-Time
Percent Effort 53
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours 20
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. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter