Research Coordinator

Pennsylvania United States
12 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
12 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.

This is a full-time position with the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC), Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. The Research Coordinator position involves coordinating PISC research projects as part of the SpaceTimeEpi research group, and assisting with program management of outreach and training programs including the PISC Student Learning Lab (SLL) and the Penn Community Scholars Program (CSP). Under supervision of the Deputy Director, this position will have primary oversight of day-to-day operations and recruitment of school age adolescent trauma participants for a study to understand violence prevention engaging multiple community-based sites. Specific responsibilities include coordinating participant recruitment and tracking, coordinating IRB documentation and compliance, maintaining study databases, implementing intervention strategies, monitoring project timelines, assisting with the preparation of materials to disseminate study results, data entry/management, and assisting the principal investigator as needed. Responsibilities for the PISC outreach and training activities include coordinating the implementation and evaluation of the SLL and Penn SCP; specifically, implementing an evaluation plan based on established goals and objectives, recruiting and tracking participants, coordinating program activities, compiling reports, and assisting the director leads as needed.

  • Recruit youth participants from clinical and community settings and administer in-person surveys
  • Perform outreach to and manage study logistics with multiple clinical and community sites
  • Screen patients’ for study eligibility
  • Conduct semi-structured interviews with adolescents
  • Participate in qualitative (content) analysis of transcribed data
  • Maintain study databases including online survey platforms
  • Assist with IRB documentation and compliance
  • Attend team meetings
  • Prepare and review materials for study result dissemination and grant applications
  • Prepare and review program materials for outreach programming
  • Travel among community sites within the greater Philadelphia area, typically within the city of Philadelphia

BA/BS and a minimum of 1 year of experience in program and/or research coordination or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. The successful candidate must have outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. Strong computer skills are essential. The candidate should be comfortable doing a variety of tasks, be able to balance and prioritize multiple commitments, and be proficient at multi-tasking and independent problem solving. Knowledge of IRB and human research protection regulations is preferred.

This study involves work in clinical and community settings with adolescents including those who have suffered trauma, and therefore candidates must have skills and demonstrated experience successfully working with diverse populations and handling sensitive information; experience in a health care setting is preferred. Must pass Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Act (also known as Act 73) background checks, within 30-90 days of employment.

Must have a valid driver’s license and pass a driver’s safety course once hired.

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.