Clinical Research Coordinator

Pennsylvania United States
11 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

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.

The Center for Neuromodulation in Depression and Stress (CNDS) is seeking a research coordinator to work full-time on research studies focused on the neuroscience of depression and post-traumatic stress. The research coordinator will work closely with the principal investigator as well as other collaborating investigators and CNDS staff in carrying out CNDS research. S/he will be trained to conduct human neuroimaging research with a number of tools, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and psychophysiology tools such as electromyography and electrocardiography. S/he will also be trained to administer clinical scales with psychiatric patients. Primary responsibilities include collecting, maintaining, and organizing all questionnaires, assessments, demographic data, and imaging data of the participants. Additionally the coordinator will conduct recruitment, will screen and enroll potential study patients as specified per protocol, and the coordinator will also perform regulatory duties such as preparation and submission of regulatory documents through the IRB (initial submissions, amendments, and continuations). The research coordinator should be interested in and capable of developing skills across a number of research methodologies, neuroimaging softwares, and data analysis tools. Work hours will include evenings and Saturdays as needed to accommodate MRI scan calendar openings Position is contingent on continued funding.

A Bachelor’s Degree and 1 year to 3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Strong quantitative analytical skills and data management skills are beneficial. Other requirements include: excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; effective problem solving abilities; ability to multi-task; demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Prior experience working with MRI and/or TMS desirable, but not required. Previous experience administering clinical scales is also desirable. The ideal candidate has some statistical knowledge and experience in data analysis, preferably knows Matlab or a similar language, and has experience with neuroimaging analysis using FSL, SPM or equivalent. Ultimately, the coordinator must be well-suited for work in a fast-paced work environment that requires effective time management and a willingness to work independently. This is an excellent place to get research experience to prepare for medical school or graduate school in psychology, neuroscience, engineering, or biostatistics.

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