Research Officer

At Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), we espouse to grow a culturally competent workforce to advance medicine that touches the lives of underserved communities. Diversity and inclusion is the core component of our institutional identity and a key pillar of PCOM’s strategic vision. PCOM affirms that diversity and inclusion are crucial to the intellectual vitality of the campus community. It is through freedom of exchange over different ideas and viewpoints in supportive environments that our graduates develop the critical thinking and citizenship skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Since 1899, PCOM has trained highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care - treating people, not just symptoms. As the field of medicine has changed, we've changed with it - adapting our program offerings to better meet the needs of healthcare providers and the communities they serve. At the main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PCOM), the branch campus in Suwanee, Georgia (PCOM Georgia), and our newest location in Moultrie, Georgia (PCOM South Georgia), PCOM students learn to approach problem solving in a more professional, more team-oriented manner, which prepares them to work successfully in integrated healthcare settings with other health professionals.

The position of Research Officer (RO) for PCOM Georgia is under the scientific and strategic leadership of the Department of Research and Chief Research and Science Officer (CSRO). The RO will report directly to the CRSO. The RO will be responsible for coordinating, facilitating and expanding research activities at PCOM Georgia and forming strategic partnerships with PCOM, PCOM South Georgia, and universities, healthcare centers and companies throughout the state. The RO will work collaboratively with all constituents of PCOM Georgia, including but not limited to the College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Studies program, Department of Biomedical Sciences, and all other programs at PCOM Georgia in which faculty and students are involved in research.

This position is based at PCOM Georgia (Suwanee, Georgia).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:


The candidate will assist the CRSO to achieve the following goals for the research program:

  • Develop a research growth road map for PCOM Georgia in collaboration with its various departments and programs.
  • Develop positive, collaborative relationships between the Principal Investigators at PCOM Georgia.
  • Establish a communication network between the Georgia, South Georgia and Pennsylvania locations to promote research collaborations among their faculty.
  • Investigate and inform faculty of research and extramural funding opportunities.
  • Assist Principal Investigators in developing research projects, obtaining external funding and manuscript preparation.
  • Promote partnerships within the scientific and healthcare communities in Georgia.
  • Increase research opportunities for students.
  • Explore the potential for intellectual property and technology transfer of inventions that emerge from research at PCOM Georgia. 


The RO of the Georgia campus will also:

  • Serve as the direct report for the laboratory manager, resource manager and director of the research support staff.
  • Maintain a database of faculty and student publications, presentations and grant applications.
  • Act as a resource for and liaison between faculty and students of PCOM Georgia, PCOM’s Division of Research and PCOM South Georgia.
  • Develop the proposed budget for the research needs of PCOM Georgia in consultation with the Principal Investigators, including requests for equipment.



Position Requirements: 

*Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. and pass a criminal background check. 



  • Master's degree required. Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a biomedical discipline preferred. 



  • A minimum of seven (7) years research experience post training.
  • Expertise in computer software programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required.
  • Demonstrated expertise in basic and translational research from either an academic institution or company.
  • Knowledge of clinical research is desired.
  • Excellent administrative and managerial skills to work with faculty from various programs and departments to develop productive, multidisciplinary research programs on the Georgia campus.
  • Excellent networking and communication skills.
  • A high level of enthusiasm, scientific aptitude and collegial personality.


Physical Demands: 

  • Primarily sedentary work. Occasionally lift supplies and minor equipment.
  • Manual dexterity and mobility is required in order to use equipment, computer and other office equipment.
  • Must be able to travel as needed.



Application Instructions

All inquiries MUST include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume


PCOM is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration. We adhere 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.