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Research Assistant

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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    191084222

UPCI Epidemiology-Modugno - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (22007463)

Under Faculty or Research Project Manager supervision, accurately performs research projects according to established study design and procedures. This program will be obtaining a variety of biospecimens from women with suspected or confirmed gynecologic cancers as well as healthy women.

The incumbent will be expected to track a subject's progress through her course of care. They will obtain and possibly process the necessary biospecimens at identified time points and places, including the OR, Investigational Radiology, and various clinics throughout UPMC facilities. The incumbent may also screen potential subjects, consent them, possibly draw study bloods, and/or administer study questionnaires. After biospecimens are obtained, the incumbent may have to do some processing before storing the specimens per study protocol. The specimens may also be shipped immediately or at a later time point to the study lab, which is offsite.

In addition, the incumbent may need to identify and obtain banked specimens, such as pathology specimens, on subjects. The incumbent will also need to track subjects and specimens in study database and may need to abstract medical record information on subjects/specimens and enter these data into the study database, ensuring accuracy and completeness.

The incumbent may need to modify existing databases, sheets, and protocols to address changing needs of study.

Finally, the incumbent may need to travel to other study sites to obtain specimens to store in our study freezers prior to shipping, or to deliver specimens to outside affiliate labs.

The incumbent is expected to be responsible for the daily activities of studies undertaken as part of this program, including maintaining all logs.

The Research Assistant will interact with faculty and staff throughout Pitt and other universities.Attention to detail, accuracy in work, ability to multitask and set priorities, strong written and oral communication skills, excellent analytic skills and strong interpersonal skill are required.

The incumbent is expected function with a high degree of independence.

Degree in biological sciences, chemistry, or health-related field with a minimum of 15 credits of laboratory sciences is preferred. An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted. Experience in a patient setting is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Attention to detail, accuracy in work, ability to multitask and set priorities, strong written and oral communication skills, function with a high degree of independence, excellent analytic and interpersonal skills/
  • Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Knowledge of RedCap or similar database.
  • Excellent record-keeping skills
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately collect, store and interpret research data.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with patients, staff, and investigators.
  • Knowledge of medical terminologies and coding systems such as UMLS, SNOMED, ICD-0, AJCC preferred
  • Phlebotomy skills preferred


The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

Department Details The Hillman Cancer Center is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is not only one of our fundamental values, it is critical in helping us provide the highest level of care to people we treat at our centers, as well as support life changing research. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status.
Assignment Category Full-time regular
Job Classification Staff.Research.III Non-Exempt
Campus Pittsburgh
Minimum Education Level Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Work Schedule Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Work Arrangement Hybrid: Combination of On-Campus and Remote work as determined by the department.
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Relocation Offered No
Visa Sponsorship Provided No
Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances Not Applicable
Required Documents Resume
Optional Documents Cover Letter





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Posted: 2022-09-07 Expires: 2022-10-09

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