Join Our Team

The Palliative Research Center is a growing team of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, staff, medical students, and undergraduates. We're looking for new team members who are highly motivated towards excellence and who have a passion for palliative care.


Research Faculty Position

The University of Pittsburgh’s Palliative Research Center (PaRC) is seeking a faculty investigator (MD or PhD) to join a growing group of palliative care researchers within a large and vibrant Division of General Internal Medicine. Successful applicants will have PhD and/or fellowship training in health services research and a successful track record of publications and grant funding in priority palliative care research topics, such as pain and symptom management, communication and decision making, and models of health care delivery for patients with serious illness. The University of Pittsburgh houses premier research training and development programs, including a multidisciplinary clinical research scholars program. Clinical opportunities exist in both general internal medicine and palliative care, and in both hospital and ambulatory settings. The academic rank will be assistant or associate professor in the tenure stream, with salary and appointment commensurate with qualifications. To apply, send a letter of interest and CV to Yael Schenker, MD, MAS at or 230 McKee Place, Suite 600, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Interested in joining an innovative and dynamic palliative care research team and living in an affordable and diverse city with world-class institutions? The University of Pittsburgh announces openings for palliative care postdoctoral research fellows. Fellowships will be one to two years in duration, supported by a TL1 training grant through the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a T32 HRSA training grant, or a Special Fellowship Program in Advanced Geriatrics with a focus on Geriatric Palliative Care through the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Select fellows may choose to pursue a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research in addition to participating in postdoctoral training seminars. Key areas of scholarship include primary and specialty palliative care interventions, integration of palliative care in oncology, pain and addiction in serious illness, communication and decision-making, behavioral treatment of symptoms, and non-malignant palliative care. All fellows must have a PhD (in Health Services Research, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, or related field), MD, or other clinical doctorate and demonstrate an academic record of excellence and independent research. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Yael Schenker at


Health Services Research Scientist

The full-time Research Scientist will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of palliative care research under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Director and will serve as a consultant for scientific research conducted within the Palliative Research Center (PaRC). Responsibilities will include drafting and submitting applications for funding, including NIH and foundation grants; developing or revising research methodologies used in PaRC scientific research projects; and first-authoring publications based on existing data from large R01-funded trials.  In addition, the research scientist will be expected to form and maintain key relationships throughout the University of Pittsburgh, the Hillman Cancer Center, and the palliative care research community nationally, identifying opportunities for collaboration and dissemination of research findings. Ideal candidates will have a Doctoral degree (PhD or ScD) in a health-related field and 3 years of research experience. Specifically, candidates must have experiences with complex data analysis and excellent writing and organizational skills. Past experience with scientific writing and at least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal based on original data is required. This position is eligible for all University of Pittsburgh staff benefits, with ample opportunities for mentorship and career growth. If interested, please contact Judi Resick at or 412-204-6117. Click here to apply.

Research Assistant Recruiter

The full-time Research Assistant Recruiter will be responsible for assisting with several palliative care trials, including an ongoing R01 project conducted in cooperation with the Hillman cancer center network. Primary responsibilities will include research participant recruitment; administering telephone questionnaires to research participants; preparing and updating study training manuals, data management tools, and study operating procedures; audio file transcription; assisting with literature reviews and research presentations; and coordinating reimbursements for study participants. Ideal candidates will have outstanding attention to detail, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, an interest in palliative care or health services research, and the desire to learn and take on new responsibilities as part of a dynamic research team. Candidates must able to problem-solve, exercise sound judgment, and keep track of multiple tasks simultaneously. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant work experience or an Associate’s degree and with 4 years of experience. Familiarity with PubMed, IRB procedures, Microsoft Office, RedCAP or equivalent on-line survey administration tools, and ability to travel to local cancer center clinics is preferred. This position is eligible for all University of Pittsburgh staff benefits, with ample opportunities for mentorship and career growth. If interested, please contact Judi Resick at or 412-327-7127. Click here to apply.