Research Scientist

Pennsylvania, United States
21 May 2020
End of advertisement period
21 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.

Posted Job Title

Research Scientist

Job Profile Title

Research Investigator, Senior

Job Description Summary

The Research Investigator Sr (SRI) will act in a leadership role, overseeing and designing advanced experiments. He/She will assist the Principal Investigator and play a leading role in developing a research program in the advancement of specific area of study and will play a crucial role both in all aspects of research products including development, implementation, and data analysis. In the development stage, the SRI will assess proposed projects by conducting feasibility studies to provide valuable input regarding viability, efficiency, timeline, and study design. In the implementation stage, he/she will supervise and perform the project. This includes overseeing workflow and productivity of lab personnel and providing training to them on specific techniques as necessary. Finally, the SRI will be responsible for data analysis, preparation of manuscripts, and presenting research findings through various forums. Senior Research Investigator must demonstrate the ability to analyze and present data in professional "publication ready" format and to be able to independently prepare manuscripts and grant writings for submission.

Job Description

This is a full-time Research Scientist position with the Behavioral Science & Analytics For Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) Lab at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. The BeSAFIR lab is a core research program that bridges the Penn Injury Science Center, the Center for Health Incentives Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, and Center for Emergency Care and Policy Research. The BeSAFIR Lab, led by M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS conducts research with large U.S. auto-insurance companies, a multi-hospital health system, and uses many state and national databases for secondary data analyses. Ongoing studies supported with multiple federal and foundation grants include testing smartphone interventions for reducing distracted driving, alcohol impaired driving, and electronic health record interventions for encouraging evidenced based care to reduce the risks of opioid overdose. The Research Scientist will co-lead projects involving the development, testing, and evaluation of the effects of behavioral interventions for injury prevention including reducing motor vehicle crashes, risky substance use, excessive opioid prescribing, and drug overdoses.  Major duties in the role of a lab research scientist include co-management of the scientific aspects of lab research projects including research design, data collection, and analysis, dissemination of research findings in the peer-reviewed literature and scientific meetings, and research grant proposal development. Qualified candidates may apply for appointment to Perelman School of Medicine Research Professor track. 


Highly advanced professional discipline. M.D., Ph. D., or equivalent doctoral degree and 5-7 years of experience is required

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room; Requires extensive safety training; Exposure to chemicals; Requires protective devices

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 24-50 lb. Typically standing or walking; Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$35,568.00 - $204,000.00

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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