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Research Assistant

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 01/03/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 03/04/2018
Working Title Research Assistant
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 13207-Psychology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0136084
Hiring Range $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Position Description

The Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Research Assistant. This is a full-time position in the Behavioral Immunology Laboratory.

The position will be split between two sets of duties: 50% of the time, the incumbent will be working as a technician in an immunology wet lab, performing bench work on research projects examining pathways between psychological factors, the immune system, and susceptibility to disease in humans. In this setting, the incumbent will be responsible for processing and analysis of biomarkers from human blood and hair samples, with techniques including cell culture, ELISAs, and other immune assays. Duties in the wet laboratory will 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 person in this position will assume primary responsibility for running the assays for two externally funded research projects under the supervision of the laboratory manager.

The second 50% of this position will be as a research assistant on an externally-funded longitudinal study. Key responsibilities in this position will include assisting with participant recruitment, running participants through a six-hour laboratory visit that will include the collection of health, sociodemographic and psychosocial measures, and administration of a neuropsychological test battery, data entry, and other tasks as assigned by the project coordinator.

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

Computer skills are a must, knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel preferable. The individual 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, pay special attention to detail and have the ability to sensitively interact with participants.

Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience in a psychobiological laboratory working with human subjects and samples required; the incumbent should have at least one year of experience in a biological laboratory working with human samples. This experience is necessary to quickly and reliably learn and adhere to the study protocols. The candidate will be trained and supervised by a laboratory manager and the study project coordinator.

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

Generally M-F, 8:30-5:00…however hours may vary to accommodate research subject schedules.

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. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter