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Research Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 10/27/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 12/26/2017
Working Title Research Technician
Job Classification Research II
Department Name 35209-Med-Pediatrics
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135800
Hiring Range $20,904.00 - $32,760.00
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Research Technician to perform behavioral experiments and histological staining in a mammalian specimen model. The responsibilities will include (but not limited to) organizing experiments and performing behavioral tests such as Morris water maze, fear conditioning, and motor tests. The technician will also perform histological tissue staining. Occasional weekend work may be required.

The technician will confer with Principal Investigators in determining specific experiments to be included in the research protocol and enter the collected data into a dedicated database. The technician will assist in data processing, statistical analysis, and graphic presentation of data. Additional responsibilities include: preparing and disposing of reagents necessary for research and maintaining lab inventory, including the timely ordering of required supplies. The technician will be expected to conduct difficult/complex lab testing, develop methods and procedures to be used in research protocols and experiments, aid with grant proposals, reports, and research publications.

A Bachelor’s degree and laboratory experience is preferred, but not required. This position is located at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville. 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 Associate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required Less than 1 year experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

A Bachelor’s degree and laboratory experience are preferred.

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 Work Schedule to Vary
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

Occasional weekends, rare evenings.

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 an Associate's degree or higher?
    • 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