Clinical Research Assistant

Pennsylvania, United States
25 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 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

Clinical Research Assistant

Job Profile Title

Clinical Research Assistant A

Job Description Summary

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

Job Description

The purpose of this position is to support a clinical prospective observational cohort study of patients with critical illness (sepsis) admitted to the intensive care unit. The candidate will be an essential member of a team investigating clinical and molecular risk factors for sepsis, sepsis-related organ failure including respiratory failure, kidney failure, and cognitive impairment, and attempting to identify specific patterns of response that might be candidates for future targeted therapy. 

Under direction of the PI and the investigative team and following training, the candidate will be required to perform duties related to human clinical observational research. Specifically, the candidate will interact directly with critically ill patients and their families including informed consent discussions and administering research questionnaires; processing of human biospecimens including blood and urine samples; interpreting the electronic medical record and recording specific elements into an electronic database; and managing, cleaning, and displaying data.  The candidate should have some prior coursework or experience in biology or related field. Other necessary skills include the ability to communicate effectively, work as a team member, display organizational efficiency, and adapt to new processes as necessary. 

Position contingent upon funding.


H.S. Diploma or GED Required, with 1-2 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Bachelors degree preferred.

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$16.23 - $29.22

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.