Research Specialist | Sleep, Affective Neuroscience, and Development Lab Job at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

  • UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Job Description

Join the Sleep, Affective Neuroscience, and Development laboratory team! Our lab studies how sleep-circadian processes affect brain maturation and mental health risk over adolescent development (). We are seeking a full-time Research Specialist to lead participant recruitment and data collection for new NIH-funded projects studying age-related changes in sleep and mental health in young people (children, adolescents, young adults). The Research Specialist will recruit and screen participants; run standardized clinical, neurobehavioral, and sleep/circadian assessments; and aid in data processing. This individual will work closely with a lab coordinator, other research staff, and the data manager, as well as with the staff of the Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience Center.

Ideal candidate is highly organized; detail-oriented; possesses strong interpersonal skills including teamwork, dependability, flexibility, and leadership; and has at least one domain of relevant research experience (sleep-circadian rhythms, mental health, adolescence, programming, etc.).

This is a Regular Full-Time position with daytime hours primarily Monday-Friday. Evening and/or weekend hours will be required to accommodate research participants’ schedules. This is a hybrid position with an expected minimum of 3 in-person days per week at our lab in Western Psychiatric Hospital.

This position is grant funded.


  • Recruit, screen, schedule, and compensate adolescent and young adult participants
  • Conduct standardized study assessments involving screening interviews, questionnaires, sleep-circadian measures, and computer tasks.
  • Maintain a flexible schedule to ensure adequate numbers of assessments as outlined in the protocol.
  • Assist with data-related duties (data entry, quality control, processing, management) in collaboration with a data manager and systems analyst.
  • Ensure accurate, efficient, and complete data collection and study documentation.
  • Assist, as needed, with project administrative tasks.
  • Provide supervision and oversight to undergraduate directed research students working on the protocol.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity to study participants. Interact skillfully with adolescent, young adult, and clinical populations.
  • Handle sensitive clinical and research data in compliance with University, State, and federal requirements.

Job Tags

Full time, Flexible hours, Weekend work, Afternoon shift, 3 days per week, Monday to Friday,

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