Neuroimaging Acquisition Coordinator

Pennsylvania, United States
May 04, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jul 03, 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
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.

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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 Profile Title
Clinical Research Coordinator A

Job Description Summary

As part of the Neurodevelopment and Psychosis Section in the Department of Psychiatry, The Brain Behavior Lab (BBL) at Penn Medicine and the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine are devoted to the study of brain and behavior using innovative neuroimaging (e.g. MRI, MRS, EEG) research techniques and the application of bioinformatics resources. LiBI brings together researchers in medicine, psychiatry, engineering, computer science, physics and biostatistics to understand brain structure and function, based on functional and structural neuroimaging data. The Neuroimaging Acquisition Coordinator will oversee the collection of MRI data from recruitment through quality assessment and data analysis.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

We are seeking a full-time Clinical Research Coordinator to join our team and work on projects applying brain imaging to understand motivational disturbances in psychiatric populations. This position offers a highly interdisciplinary research experience, combining approaches from cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, and psychiatry. Under the supervision of Principal Investigator Dr. Daniel Wolf, the individual will be responsible for conducting informed consent/assent process, scheduling and preparing participants for study-related research visits, which include the collection of behavioral and clinical data, and brain MRIs. In addition the individual will be responsible for maintaining all study related records and working closely with other clinical coordinators on coordination and administration of research procedures. Other duties include maintaining accurate, complete and timely records, including source documents, consent forms, protocol documents, and regulatory documents, as required by IRB. She/he will also work on uploading data in relevant databases and accurately maintaining project databases and other participant related information. There may be opportunities for independent research projects, if desired, and the incumbent will have opportunities to participate in data analyses, scientific plans and manuscript preparation with the PI.


Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, biology, or a related field and 1 to 3 years research experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate must have strong organizational, communication and computer skills. Experience working with human research participants and experience conducting MRI research in a research-oriented facility preferred. The candidate will need to have availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends. Experience in compliance/regulatory affairs with attention to detail. Strong self-motivation to multi-task and quickly shift from one project to another depending on priority. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and confident and comfortable to work and talk with research subjects, including children and parents. A background check is required and the individual must pass Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Act (also known as Act 73) background checks, within 30-90 days of employment.


  • Help recruit and enroll research subjects
  • Help write and obtain consent from research subjects
  • Maintain all credentialing for Human Subject Research.
  • Assist with IRB applications/renewals and reporting of adverse events
  • Coordinate subject reimbursement for parking and compensation for participation in study.
  • Schedule/coordinate/data entry into RedCap: behavioral questionnaires, clinical and cognitive scores, facial morphology data
  • Develop research materials (e.g., develop questionnaires in RedCap, design/post recruitment flyers, etc)
  • Schedule and coordinate research MRIs
  • Organize and QA MRI data
  • Collect behavioral and questionnaire data
  • Assist with progress reports and manuscript preparation.

Working Conditions

Office, Library, Computer Room; MRI scanner; Requires extensive safety training

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

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.