The University of Pittsburgh is hiring multiple positions for a research grant. The grant is to study the ability of meditation to improve a common symptom of trauma experience, emotional numbing. Participants are clinically screened prior to enrollment, then attend a week at a beautiful retreat in northern California to learn meditation. During that week, we further assess them, including with psychophysiological measures. The study is overseen by federal ethics review and all candidates will adhere to those standards. If you are not HIPPA/IRB trained, we will train you. All candidates will be expected to be on-site for some portion of their work (described below). Hires are through the University of Pittsburgh.
All candidates should be comfortable researching sexual topics, including discussing genital measures with study participants and showing erotic imagery and films.
The employee may choose to live at the retreat center for rates comparable to the surrounding area, off-site, or part-time, as suits their needs and requirements of the position. We do not discriminate on the basis of, well, anything, but gender (identity), sexual orientation, age, family status, religion, politics…if you are qualified, we want you.
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Updates: We have interviewed four candidates and anticipate making our first offer next week.
This clinician must have completed at least master’s degree training in mental health. They will be responsible for performing clinical screening by (HIPPA-compliant) video for a large volume of study volunteers, including evaluation of study inclusion/exclusion criteria. They perform evaluation of couples as they start and finish their week at the retreat center, so it may be possible to be on-site part-time. This position is supported by a California-licensed clinician (Prause) and clinical trials expert (Siegle). Licensure in California is desirable. Salary expected: $104,000
Research assistant (3 positions)
These positions are on-site for work. Training is provided in collecting a high-volume of psychophysiological data from study participants. Ideal candidates would be PhD candidates or recent graduates with experience in a psychophysiology laboratory. Advanced undergraduates will be considered. Any experience with Matlab, EGI, MindWare, R, or computer science generally should be mentioned in the application. Opportunities for participation in publications exist dependent on ability to contribute. Salary expected: $58,500
This non-technical position is ideal for someone who wants and enjoys working with people, especially providing non-judgmental information and support. This lynch-pin position will maintain the online scheduling system, coordinate scheduling of research participants, clinician, and research assistants, and maintain excellent communication between the study site and universities. Basic computer skills are required, but not at the level of the research assistants. Expect some weekend work, which will be planned in advance, because study participants arrive/depart over the weekends. Exact days off negotiable as your lifestyle prefers. Salary expected: $78,000
This will be your favorite tech support job of your career. Some of the hardware is fabricated by study investigators. These are integrated with state-of-the-art neuroscience and psychophysiological equipment. All systems must communicate with each other. The lab is a mix of Mac and Windows OS (no Linux). Then, the humans will break things. Your job is to ensure data quality, triple-check automated data backups, adhere without exception to data protection procedures, and trouble-shoot hardware and software errors. Work with other humans in a gorgeous new lab, not a window-less basement. Salary expected: $78,000
Post-orgasmic illness syndrome study
This position has been filled, as of December 2019!