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Director: Greg J. Siegle, Ph.D.

                                                                                                                       Program Coordinator: Mandy Collier

Research Assistant and Directed Undergraduate Research Opportunities


We are currently hiring! Dr. Kymberly Young, PhD, is seeking a Research Specialist for full-time work, Monday-Friday with weekends and evenings varying.


In this position you will providing research support in a laboratory conducting multi-dimensional studies of neural aspects of emotional information processing involved in adult mood disorders including anxiety, depression and PTSD. This position provides research assistance by conducting psychophysiological and behavioral research protocols, managing data collected during assessments, providing lab management assistance to the Principal Investigator, and providing project coordination of multiple studies.


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in psychology, neuroscience, sociology or related research field.

  • Minimum of one year of experience in a research project and/or related clinical research setting is required.

  • Previous experience in collecting and organizing physiological and neuroimaging research data strongly preferred.

  • Previous experience in experimental design and evaluation preferred.

  • Computer skills in data management, statistical analysis programs, and common programming languages strongly preferred.

  • Working knowledge of research methodology preferred.

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional weekends and evenings.

  • Must have the ability to interact skillfully with research patients.

  • Must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and ability to prioritize among multiple tasks.

How to apply:

For more information about the position and the job responsibilities, download a copy of the job description here.

You may also apply online via the UPMC website (http://careers.upmc.com/) search for posting ID # 488076

Further inquires can be directed to Dr. Young at youngkd@upmc.edu


Research assistants can be involved in any of the program's projects. Typical research assistant roles include collecting data (e.g., running experiments involving collection of behavioral, physiological and functional neuroimaging data as well as self-report measures), screening subjects for research eligibility, clinical interviews, data management, preparing data for analysis (e.g., tracing brain structures on MRI's), helping to analyze collected data (if you want to... you don't have to), and helping to prepare lab research for publication. Research assistants are welcome to suggest new insights into experiments and modifications to experimental designs; these are taken very seriously and often lead to new directions in the research we are conducting.

Useful Skills and Qualities

We're particularly looking for people who have a BA or BS in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or a related field, or are in their third or fourth year of a relevant undergraduate program. People who are usually a good fit in the lab are people who aren't afraid of computers, who have good interpersonal skills, and who are willing to learn new tasks. Research assistants who are most successful in this environment enjoy teamwork, are detail-oriented, responsible, flexible, and interested in research.

Opportunities for Undergraduates

Undergraduates doing directed research in the lab will spend their time participating in and supporting any of the activities above and are also helped to pursue a new research question for their directed research project. Their project can involve re-analyzing already collected data to answer a new question of interest to them, or can involve creating a new manageable project (e.g., involving pilot physiological data collection or self-report measures).


The time you commit will depend on your department, and the number of credits you have signed up for. For 3 credits, undergraduates are requested to commit to at least 12-15 hours per week of time spent assisting lab personnel with various tasks. You will largely set your own hours, but we will ask that you attend the weekly lab meeting which is every Friday from 2:00-3:00. You will also be asked to be present at least once a week during lab rounds on Mondays and Wednesdays.                                     Participation in the lab for at least two full semesters is requested.

Useful skills and qualities

Undergraduates who are most successful working in this environment are working towards a degree in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or a related field, aren't afraid of computers, are willing to learn new tasks, enjoy teamwork, and are responsible and interested in research.

Our Commitment to Training

While this all may sound very advanced, DON'T WORRY! We put a lot of time into training and will make sure you're comfortable, competent, and supported in any procedure before you try it alone! We have biweekly administrative/planning/project-review lab meetings and weekly scientific lab meetings which all RA's and undergraduate research assistants should attend.

If you're interested in being a research assistant or completing directed undergraduate research, please send us the following information: A statement of why you're interested in being involved in the lab, a summary of your academic/professional background (a resume or vita would be perfect but not necessary), your GPA in your major, contact info, and when would be best to contact you.

Also, please fill out the Previous Experience Questionnaire and include it with the above information.

Information can be sent by e-mail to me at: pican@msx.upmc.edu or by US-mail to: Greg Siegle, Ph.D., Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 3811 O'Hara St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213