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.
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