Manager Research Project A/B

Pennsylvania, United States
Monday, 26 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 26 December 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 Urban Health Lab (UHL) Project Manager (PM) is a unique opportunity to help develop and grow several efforts at Penn Medicine to dismantle structural and institutional racism through research and action. The PM with work closely with UHL Faculty Director Dr. Eugenia South on two distinct but related areas of work: (1) the UHL and (2) antiracism efforts in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

The ideal candidate (1) is passionate about the health and wellbeing of Black and other minority communities, (2) is passionate about dismantling structural, institutional, and interpersonal racism through research and practice, and has demonstrated experience and knowledge in these areas, (3) has experience running multiple research studies, preferably with a community focus, (4) is a proven leader with managerial skills, (5) is a strategic thinker, and (6) has strong writing and communication skills.

The Penn Urban Health Lab (UHL) is dedicated to designing and testing individual and community level interventions to build healthy neighborhoods. The UHL has a focus in urban nature, blight remediation, violence prevention, and structural racism that has impacted Black and Brown communities. The UHL Project Manager will (1) oversee day to day operations of the lab including supervising students and research assistants, (2) assist with development of and run the day-to-day operations of a variety of research projects (including regulatory requirements such as IRB, managing study budgets, managing study enrollment and data collection, running lab and study meetings), (3) maintain current community partnerships and develop new relationships, and (4) assist in writing, preparation, and submission of manuscripts, opinion pieces, and grants.

The PM will also assist Dr. South in her new role as the Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) Vice Chair for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. In this capacity, the PM will help develop and implement a strategic plan to build a culture of antiracism within Penn EM, including (1) reviewing departmental policies, procedures, and experiences to ensure they are founded in tenants of equity and antiracism, (2) targeted recruitment efforts to increase underrepresented minority representation among residents and faculty, (3) ongoing educational activities to increase knowledge and understanding of racism and structural competency, and (4) develop mechanisms to report, track, and intervene on microagressions and racism experienced by faculty, trainees, staff, and patients.

Job Description

Responsible for day to day management of complex projects conducted with collaborators both internal and external to Penn. With mentoring from the Principal Investigator, the Research Project Manager will take leadership role in developing study protocols, writing grants, managing the detailed operations of projects, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, cultivating close relationships with community partner organizations, and drafting/editing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journal. He/she will help develop the team's research strategy and will have ample opportunities to lead projects and co-author papers. Will be required to ensure that studies/research are conducted safely and according to protocol, provide supervision to educators and teams conducting the study/interventions and collaborates with peers from other Universities and funding agencies. Will also be responsible for coordinating grant applications and interacts with funding administrators and the University Business Office. Provides significant contributions to presentations and manuscripts, including multiple drafts for review and dissemination. Plays a primary role in other dissemination activities related to project findings. Additionally, the Project Manager will contribute to the development and implementation of the departmental strategic plan for diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.

Current UHL projects include the Nature and Wellbeing Project (designed to increase the amount of time people spend outside in greenspace through community co-designed microgreen space and a nature coach), the Social Gradient of Urban Noise Pollution (evaluating noise pollution in a variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods and the impact on adult and pediatric sleep), and Studying the PhilAdelphia Resilience project as a Response to Overdose (SPARROw; evaluating the impact of an alternative ambulance unit and blight remediation on opioid overdose prevention). The UHL PM will assist the SPARROw PM on project implementation. Projects in development include an evaluation of urban tree canopy and disparities in maternal pregnancy outcomes, a Philadelphia greening initiative, and a digital intervention to increase the amount of time patients from minority communities spend in nature.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the Manager Research Project B will:

  • run study meetings and manage study budget.
  • supervise student researchers
  • develop new relationships with external partners


MRP "A": Bachelor's Degree and 3-5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

MRP "B": Master's degree and 3 - 5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Position contingent upon funding.

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less; Typically standing or walking; Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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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