Research Specialist B

Pennsylvania, United States
Thursday, 24 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

The Research Specialist B provides support for analyzing smartphone data and managing its collection. Responsibilities will include managing and cleaning data, writing and editing existing code to organize and process data for analyses; assisting with statistical analyses using R and Python, checking incoming smartphone data for completeness and accuracy and processing it with available scripts, writing technical and user documentation, and communicating with other researchers to troubleshoot and problem solve as needed.


Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, biostatistics, or a related quantitative field and one to three years of experience working in software development or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. A solid training in programming and data science, and proficiency in at least one of R, Python, or another scientific computing language. The applicant should have excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to work independently.

Working Conditions:

Typically sitting at a desk or table; typically standing or walking; occasional lifting 25 lbs. or less; intermittently sitting/standing/stooping

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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