Research Specialist V

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 01/02/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 03/03/2018
Working Title Research Specialist V
Job Classification Research V
Department Name 35204-Med-Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0136074
Hiring Range $35,100.00 - $56,784.00
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a qualified Research Specialist V to serve as the senior lab researcher in a lab conducting electrophysiological, biochemical, rodent behavioral, and molecular studies. The role primarily involves conducting and analyzing experimental projects, with a lesser role in organization of laboratory function (maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies), and training and supervising students and post-doctoral fellows.

Education Required Master's
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 10+ years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Skilled electrophysiologist with Master’s in Life Sciences (PhD preferred) and at least 10 years of relevant laboratory experience. Must be able to perform surgical and physiologic procedures on lab rodents and monitor general health of animals. Must be able to perform slice and cultured neuron electrophysiology experiments, animal handling, protein analysis, and mammalian cell culture. Must be able to perform work with cell cultures and primary neurons in a sterile environment. Experience as a senior research assistant in a laboratory 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 Master'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