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.

Doctoral-Level Research Scientist

The 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 projects conducted within the Palliative Research Center (PaRC) related to improving quality of care for patients with serious illness and their families. 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 two large NCI-funded R01 grants.  In addition, the research scientist will 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. This position requires a doctoral degree with three years of research experience. Ideal candidates will have a Doctoral degree (PhD or ScD) in a health services research or a related field (e.g, Health Policy and Management). A doctoral degree in sociology, psychology or a related field would also be acceptable. Candidates should have experience with complex data analysis, excellent scientific writing and organizational skills, and at least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal based on original data are required. This position is eligible for all University of Pittsburgh staff benefits, with ample opportunities for mentorship and career growth. If interested, please contact Yael Schenker at or 412-204-6117. Apply here.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

The University of Pittsburgh announces openings for palliative care post-doctoral research fellows. Fellowships will be 1-2 years in duration, supported by NIH grants, Departmental/PaRC funds, a TL1 training grant through the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a T32 training grant through HRSA, or a 2-year 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. Fellows will benefit from being at an institution with well-established palliative care and research training programs, as well as a strong mentorship culture. Select fellows may choose to pursue a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research in addition to participating in post-doctoral training seminars. Key areas of scholarship include primary and specialty palliative care interventions, pain in serious illness, opioid prescribing, addiction and serious illness, communication, decision-making, behavioral treatment of symptoms, and non-malignant palliative care. All fellows must have a PhD, MD, or other clinical doctorate and demonstrate an academic record of excellence and independent research. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Yael Schenker at or Dr. Jessica Merlin at

Faculty Clinician Investigator

The University of Pittsburgh’s Palliative Research Center (PaRC) is seeking a clinician investigator to join a growing group of palliative care researchers within a large and vibrant Division of General Internal Medicine. Successful applicants will have 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 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.