Research Project Manager

Pennsylvania, United States
17 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
17 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project A

Job Description Summary

The Research Project Manager will work directly under the Principle Investigator to administer a large multi-site project aimed at using direct electrical stimulation of human brains as a manipulative tool to probe network physiology, especially memory-related networks, and as a potential therapy for cognitive restoration in patients suffering from the effects of traumatic brain injury or other neurological disorders. This a multi-functional role overseeing all aspects of these projects, with responsibilities ranging from hiring and managing a team of research and software development staff, coordinating data collection across multiple clinical research sites, managing regulatory affairs, developing training and workflows, in-person travel to clinical research centers to perform start-up activities and facilitate data collection, providing guidance and feedback to the systems development team responsible for developing the memory testing and stimulation platform, and other project management duties. Candidates must possess very strong technical skills, including experience with electrophysiology in either animal or human studies and in programming novel data analyses. This position is funded by federally-sponsored research grants and contingent on continued grant support

Job Description

With oversight by the Principal Investigator, the Research Project Manager will: administer budgets and project expenditures/purchasing; prepare progress reports and IRB continuing reviews; coordinate across sites, including travel as necessary; interface with sponsor; interface with junior personnel at all sites; oversee data collection mechanism at all sites; organize team meetings; interface with specialized equipment suppliers; and interface with research team members and the systems development team. He/she will directly oversee staff research specialists and scientific programmers/software engineers.



  • A bachelor's degree in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biophysics, psychology, or related field and 3-5 years of research experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, ideally in a setting of high-volume data collection and quantitative analysis.
  • Strong communication skills, including written/spoken presentations (including technical details), formal e-mail correspondence, etc.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Basic neuroscience/neuroanatomy background knowledge.
  • Familiarity with clinical and research electrophysiology systems (scalp EEG, intracranial EEG, human single unit recordings).
  • Experience using UNIX/Linux systems.
  • Experience with scientific/statistical computing techniques and languages (MATLAB, R, Python/SciPy, or similar).
  • Human subjects research experience, especially in a clinical setting.


  • An advanced degree (MS, MEng, PhD, etc.) in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biophysics, psychology, or related field.
  • Experience with grant progress report preparation and proposal writing.
  • Experience with regulatory affairs: IRB protocol submission and continuing reviews.
  • Experience with clinical and research electrophysiology systems (scalp EEG, intracranial EEG, human single unit recordings).
  • Proficiency using UNIX/Linux systems, including high performance computing clusters.
  • Proficiency with scientific/statistical computing techniques and languages (MATLAB, R, Python/SciPy, or similar).
  • Familiarity with experiment software programming.
  • Existing certifications in human subjects research and HIPAA privacy regulations.

For consideration please submit a cover letter as well as a resume in the CV section of your application.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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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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