Research Specialist A

Pennsylvania, United States
Tuesday, 9 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 10 April 2021
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.

Job Description

The Head and Neck Oncology Division of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is seeking a research specialist for managing clinical databases, aiding in analysis of clinical outcomes data, and interacting with patients during the informed consent process of clinical trials. This person should have a bachelor’s degree with experience with R or Python statistical programming languages, and experience with RedCap and previous clinical trial experience would be beneficial. They will obtain ongoing experience and mentorship in the IRB process, management and analysis of clinical databases, preparation and presentation of clinical data, and processes for safety and quality improvement of patients in a large academic health system.

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology has several initiatives that aim to improve the care and outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer. There are multiple ongoing clinical trials and quality improvement initiatives involving all stages of cancer care: from referral flow from the community, diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical treatments, post-operative care, and prevention of post-operative morbidity, mortality, readmission, and reoperation.

Further, the Department has an ongoing research program utilizing national cancer and surgical outcomes databases to evaluate for survival outcomes, readmission and reoperation rates, and socioeconomic factors that influence the care of patients. We have a proven track record of publication in this field and the proposed position will help to expand this program.

The proposed position will aid with all of these efforts by dividing their time between helping to consent patients for ongoing projects, meet regulatory reporting requirements by the institution, and perform data analysis for monitoring of trials, improvement of patient care, and publication of results.

Time breakdown:

1-2 days per week: in clinical environment helping to consent patients for ongoing trials, and enter patient data into trial databases.

2-3 days per week: analyzing local and national databases including internal clinical trials, national cancer and surgical outcomes databases, and internal quality improvement and patient safety data primarily related to patients with head and neck cancer.

0-1 days per week: Preparing reports for publication in peer reviewed literature, presentation to the department safety officers, or for presentation at national meetings.

This position is contingent on funding.


Bachelor's degree and 0-1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$35,568.00 - $57,600.00

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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.