The Research Scientist should have completed a doctoral degree in a clinical research or health-related field and have experience with human subjects clinical research studies with participants who have brain injury or neurocognitive decline.
The Research Scientist has full responsibilities for designing, implementing, and disseminating clinical research studies with research participants who have brain injury or neurocognitive decline, to include but not limited to assessment and intervention development studies, clinical trials, and implementation research studies within the Occupational Therapy Cognitive Performance Research Laboratory.
Projects within this research laboratory focus on 1) associations among cognitive impairments, mood symptoms, and activities of daily living in persons with brain injury and neurocognitive decline and 2) interventions designed to promote independence and community integration among adults with cognitive impairments. Responsibilities of this position include facilitating research from conception to dissemination in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth R. Skidmore and her colleagues.
This will involve collaborating on the conceptual project design, determining the details of the clinical trial, overseeing implementation of the clinical trials, facilitating data analysis, functioning as an active collaborating or co-investigator, and participating in the preparation of writing scientific research grants for submission and manuscripts for publication. This position requires high-level problem-solving skills and making decisions as to when and how to proceed with clinical research. This position will include the responsibilities of teaching research trainees in the laboratory clinical research skills. This position also includes development and maintenance of positive working relationships with other staff and professions within and outside the Department of Occupational Therapy.
* Clinical research experience, preferably in brain injury and neurocognitive decline * Research degree with preference for health-related field or experience essential to the position, demonstrate same level of educational and professional experience * Effective skills in communicating and interacting with individuals with degenerative cognitive impairments * Strong written and verbal communication skills
Department Details: Pitt's highly acclaimed Department of Occupational Therapy offers four degree programs. Our entry-level degree program is currently ranked 4th in the nation according to the latest surveys of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Our faculty help shape the future of occupational therapy through research and service on national and regional professional committees and our students give back to the community by engaging in a variety of community service activities.
Minimum Experience Level Required: 3-5 years experience
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, regular business hours, specific schedule to be discussed and established with supervisor
Hiring Range: TBD Based on qualifications
Relocation Offered: Yes
Visa Sponsorship Provided: Yes
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
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.
Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter
Internal Number: 19006834
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