Research Project Manager

Pennsylvania United States
11 Oct 2018
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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 Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center is seeking an experienced project manager to lead the implementation of several new randomized clinical trials (RCTs) within the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), focused on critical care, serious illness communication, advance care planning, and palliative care. The mission of the PAIR Center is to generate high-quality evidence to advance healthcare policies and practices that improve the lives of all people affected by serious illness.

The project manager will be responsible for planning/implementing trial protocols and partnering with clinical sites to effectively operationalize studies; advising and guiding PAIR Center junior faculty on protocol development, implementation, timelines and resources; liaising with investigators in the Critical Care, Palliative Care, Primary Care, Cardiology, and Perioperative service lines as well as researchers within the PAIR Center and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation; monitoring study enrollment and intervention adherence; communicating with data scientists regarding data acquisition efforts; analyzing and reporting on study metrics (data safety, compliance, benchmarks for enrollment, adverse events, and finances); and contributing to manuscript writing. The project manager will be responsible for ensuring all RCT protocols are carried out consistently and appropriately across all clinical sites and ensuring that all RCTs are within scope, budgets, and timelines.

Prior experience in health services research is required, as is a demonstrated ability to manage several studies concurrently. This individual will preferably have experience with clinical trials management across multiple sites and prior experience collaborating with data scientists and analysts. This individual will function independently in carrying out most responsibilities and must feel comfortable communicating regularly with multiple stakeholders throughout the health system. This position reports directly to the Assistant Director for Project Management within the PAIR Center.

A Master’s degree and 3 years to 5 years of experience in complex health services research, with a particular emphasis on clinical trials management across multiple sites, or an equivalent combination of education and experience are required. Demonstrated ability to manage the scope, timelines, and budget of several projects concurrently; excellent verbal and written communication skills; desirable skills include experience collaborating with data analytics teams, prior supervisory experience, and/or proposal development.

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.