Research Project Manager

Pennsylvania, United States
19 May 2020
End of advertisement period
19 Jul 2020
Contract Type
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 Description Summary

Analytics at Wharton unites The Wharton School’s trail-blazing teaching, research, and industry engagement initiatives that use data to improve decision-making and generate actionable insights. Analytics at Wharton brings together seven existing programs at the School – AI for Business, Customer Analytics, Penn Wharton Budget Model, People Analytics, Wharton Neuroscience, Wharton Research Data Services, and Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative and supports new ideas and opportunities to expand the impact of big data analytics on research, curriculum, and industry and alumni engagement.

Job Description

The Research Project Manager will advance the goals of Analytics at Wharton by working with faculty to oversee academic research projects. The Research Manager will coordinate research collaborations with local governments, industry partners, and the academic community. In addition, the Research Manager will oversee all grant writing and administration and manage staff and undergraduate and graduate student Research Assistants.


  • Manage research projects in conjunction with staff from local governments, industry partners, and the academic community. 
  • Collaborate with faculty and research partners to scope projects, delegate and manage tasks, recruit subjects, execute project timelines and coordinate with internal and external partners to oversee research projects from inception to completion.  
  • Oversee bids, contracts, and workflow for freelance positions including but not limited to software developers, survey research firms, and annotation services. 
  • Manage 6-8 undergraduate and graduate Research Assistants. Oversee all student hiring on an annual basis. Assign projects and provide training as needed to support research projects. 
  • Coordinate technical infrastructure and data management of research projects including working with external partners to extract data sets, coordinate preliminary analysis of datasets, and develop robust database environment that supports strategic goals of research projects. 
  • Develop and expand data storage, research applications, and technical documentation and collaborate with WCIT and Penn departments to ensure research technology operations follow computing standards.
  • Plan and implement academic workshops, conferences, and training events for diverse audiences including researchers, industry partners, students, and alumni. Oversee event-related administrative and logistical tasks and assist in the communication with event speakers, attendees, and sponsors.
  • Manage faculty research grants including writing grant proposals and reports. Oversee grant administration and accounting in coordination with department Business Administrator.  
  • Collaborate with Wharton Marketing & Communications to distribute research outcomes through digital and print media, radio channels, podcasts, and social media. Communicate event and research announcements and reminders. Manage website content, graphics, video assets and images as it relates to research projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required in education, political science, economics, sociology or a related field
  • 5-7 years of work experience in managing research projects, organizing academic workshops, conferences, and training events and supervising graduate students and software developers is required.
  • Experience working with local governments and managing inter-agency collaboration, coordinating with executive staff, and working specifically with police departments preferred.
  • Experience in grant writing, accounting, and administration
  • Experience building relationships with a wide range of internal and external constituents in a large, complex organization
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to foster collaboration and teamwork among researchers, local governments, and university departments.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple complex tasks with diverse audiences and varying deadlines is essential. 
  • Prior experience using R programming and agile software development preferred.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

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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