Senior Data Research Coordinator

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Pennsylvania, United States
18 May 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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.

Job Profile Title

Research Coordinator Senior

Job Description Summary

The Senior Data Research Coordinator will support the Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) with data management and analysis for data-driven projects. The Data Coordinator will report directly to the PDRI academic directors,

Job Description

The biggest social, economic and political challenges affecting people in low- and middle-income countries are multi-faceted and complex. The Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) brings together faculty and graduate students from seven schools across campus who have interests in international development. PDRI seeks to foster inter-disciplinary research by harnessing the extensive experience of its affiliates in both basic social science and program evaluation, drawing upon diverse disciplinary perspectives, and utilizing multiple methodological approaches. PDRI serves as a launch pad for pursuing extramurally-funded research that includes collaborations with international NGOs, local NGOs, and government agencies while serving as an intellectual community for Penn faculty and graduate students conducting research in development countries settings.


The Senior Data Research Coordinator will assist with data analysis tasks (including geo-spatial and statistical inference) as well as data management (cleaning, merging, transformations), data scraping, and data visualization. The Senior Data Research Coordinator will further help with creating figures, tables, and maps that will be used in academic papers, policy briefs, PDRI’s periodic newsletters and PDRI’s website. The data coordinator will also help to program surveys into survey software such as Qualtrics and Survey-to-Go, and update content on the website.

This is a two-year appointment with the opportunity to renew for up to three additional years.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Statistics or related field with 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Training and experience in statistical inference;
  • Experience working with large data sets;
  • The ideal candidate has strong coding fundamentals and wants to pursue a PhD in the social sciences.

Preferred (but not required)

  • Experience with web scraping
  • Experience with machine learning
  • Experience with GIS data
  • Experience with impact evaluation projects (e.g., randomized control trials or matched control design)

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

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.

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