Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Org Psychology
Posted to the Web 01/24/2019
Posted Job/Salary Grade 024
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time Position
Schedule 9:00-5:00
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing 

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.

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.

School/Center Overview

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.


The Changing Brain Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a full-time research specialist beginning in May 2019. The lab conducts behavioral and neuroimaging studies of brain plasticity and development, with the translational goal of improving academic outcomes for children struggling in school. This position will involve designing experiments, collecting behavioral data in schools and in lab, operating the MRI scanner, and assisting with data analysis and publication. It will also involve interacting with children and families, building research partnerships with schools and community organizations, managing a team of undergraduate research assistants, and other lab coordination duties.


A Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, education, psychology, cognitive science, or related field; or equivalent combination of experience and education. Strong oral and written communication skills and Research experience at the undergraduate level, ideally in neuroscience, psychology, or related field preferred. Direct experience working with children in an educational or research setting required.

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.