Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
15 May 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Jul 2019
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.

School/Center Overview    

The World’s First Business School


In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wharton’s pioneering vision was to produce graduates who would become ‘pillars of the state, whether in private or in public life.’ The Wharton School maintains a long tradition of educating visionary business leaders in academia, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

Today, Wharton has expanded the scope of this vision to become the most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world – with over 225 faculty members, 95,000 alumni, 5,000 students across 10 academic departments, 20 research centers, and more than 9,000 executive education participants annually.


Professors Claudio Lucarelli (Wharton HCM) and Hummy Song (Wharton OID) are seeking a highly skilled and driven individual to work as a full-time Research Specialist for at least one year. The start date is subject to negotiation and may be as early as June 2019. The job will entail close collaboration during all stages of empirical research. Current projects span the fields of health economics and health care operations management.


Independent thinking; attention to detail; a strong foundation in statistics and econometrics; an ability to write clearly; and self-motivation are highly valued in performing these functions.

Minimum BA/BS degree in Economics, Statistics, Finance, Mathematics, Computer Science, Operations Management, or another closely related discipline. Previous experience as a research assistant or pursuing independent research is preferred. Qualified candidates must be well versed in programming in Stata and MATLAB. 

Preference will be given to candidates who aim to broaden their research experience before pursuing a graduate degree in a social science discipline.

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.