31220-Dent Med-Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics
TBD based on qualifications
The Department of Oral Biology collaborates with the Department of Dental Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh to coordinate the University's preclinical problem-based learning courses. The Department supports the University's mission with research and service; research continues to be the strength of the Department with ongoing projects in genetics, tissue engineering, and a number of other areas of study. The University of Pittsburgh's Dental Medicine Oral Biology Department is seeking a Research Assistant.
The incumbent will provide assistance for several research projects at the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics (CCDG). Duties include assisting with recruiting and scheduling research participants; preparation for and clean-up after research participant visits; data collection including administering interviews by phone and in-person, recording data, assisting with dental impression taking, and collecting biological specimens; processing research participant reimbursements; and post-research visit data processing including moving research images to designated electronic drives and folders and pouring dental casts.
The incumbent will be responsible for processing, logging, shipping, labeling, and storing samples obtained as part of the CCDG's on-going dental study. The incumbent will also assist with some basic research data rating and scoring, along with other duties as assigned. The Research Assistant may be required to work some evenings and Saturdays to accommodate research participants.
The qualified candidate must have good organizational, communication, and computer skills (proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Excel required; proficiency in Microsoft Access is preferred). This position includes frequent contact with research subjects, internal and external faculty, and staff. This individual must be able to exercise confidentiality, discretion, and a professional demeanor. This individual must be willing to occasionally travel out of state and overnight to assist with data collection during research trips. This position requires an Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree and one-year experience in a research setting are preferred. Experience in a dental setting as a dental assistant is a plus.
Minimum Related Experience Level Required
1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
Associates degree in health science field, preferably dental sciences. Dental assisting education/experience, a plus. Incumbent should be familiar with basics of human subject research and possess excellent communication skills.
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.
Scheduled Work Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
May include evening and occasional weekend work hours. Occasional travel.
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
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
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
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