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Research Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 03/08/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 05/08/2018
Working Title Research Specialist
Job Classification Research II
Department Name 35207D-Med-Div of Gastroenterology/Hepatology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0127697
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology is seeking a Research Specialist.

Our lab is interested in the study of complex digestive system disorders by evaluating biomarkers and risk factors found in the blood or other samples from human subjects, including proteins, metabolites, DNA, and other substances. Specimens will be collected, processed, and frozen within a specific time limit given in the established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Samples will be stored for short or long-term use in an organized manner. Urine and other specimens may also be collected, processed, and stored according to the lab’s SOP as needed.

The incumbent will be responsible for specimen processing and storage maintaining various laboratory databases, transferring of samples and supplies between sites, monitoring of freezers, and DNA extraction. This individual will need to work with multiple research coordinators who obtain consent from the patients and obtain the specimens. The individual will also need to be well organized and capable of working in a sometimes fast-paced environment. There will be some QC and technical development of new and existing processes. Frequent travel on the UPMC shuttle or Port Authority buses between the main lab in Shadyside and hospitals, satellite lab, and GPCL in Oakland will be necessary. It will be necessary to perform sophisticated data searches on the worldwide web and compile, organize, store, and analyze laboratory data. Supervision will be provided the PI and Biospecimen Repository Manager.

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

Associates degree with 2 – 3 years may be substituted. Degree in related Science field is 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 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 an associate’s degree or higher 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