Neuroimaging Acquisition Coordinator

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

Neuroimaging Acquisition Coordinator (Neurodevelopment & Psychosis, Dpt. of Psychiatry)

Job Profile Title

Clinical Research Coordinator A

Job Description Summary

Clinical Research Coordinator

As part of the Neurodevelopment and Psychosis Section in the Department of Psychiatry, The Brain Behavior Lab (BBL) at Penn Medicine and the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine are devoted to the study of brain and behavior using innovative neuroimaging (e.g. EEG, MRI, MRS) research techniques and the application of bioinformatics resources.  LiBI brings together researchers in medicine, psychiatry, engineering, computer science, physics and biostatistics to understand brain structure and function, based on functional and structural neuroimaging data.  The Clinical Research Coordinator will coordinate the screening of potential participants, participant enrollment, collection of clinical, MRI and behavioral data, storage and organization of study data and materials, analysis of data for quality assurance. The qualified candidate will assist with Institutional Review Board (IRB) filings and inquiries, and assist in the preparation of manuscripts, grant proposals, and research related presentations. The candidate will work closely with the Principal Investigator and study team to identify problems and develop solutions.

Job Description

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.

Clinical Research Coordinator 

We are seeking a full-time Clinical Research Coordinator to join our team. This position offers a highly interdisciplinary research experience, combining approaches from cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, and psychiatry. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (David R. Roalf, PhD) the individual will be responsible for conducting informed consent/assent process, scheduling and preparing participants for study-related research visits, which include the collection of behavioral data, and brain MRIs. In addition, the individual will be responsible for maintaining all study related records and working closely with other clinical coordinators on coordination and administration of research procedures. Other duties include maintaining accurate, complete and timely records, including source documents, consent forms, protocol documents, and regulatory documents, as required by IRB. She/he will also work on uploading data in relevant databases and accurately maintaining project databases and other participant related information. There may be opportunities for independent research projects, if desired, and the incumbent will have opportunities to participate in data analyses, scientific plans and manuscript preparation with the PI.


  • Help recruit and enroll research subjects
  • Help write and obtain consent from research subjects
  • Maintain all credentialing for Human Subject Research.
  • Assist with IRB applications/renewals and reporting of adverse events
  • Coordinate subject reimbursement for parking and compensation for participation in study.
  • Schedule/coordinate/data entry into RedCap: behavioral questionnaires, clinical and cognitive scores
  • Develop research materials (e.g., develop questionnaires in RedCap, design/post recruitment flyers, etc)
  • Schedule and coordinate research MRIs
  • Organize and QA MRI data
  • Collect behavioral and questionnaire data
  • Assist with progress reports and manuscript preparation.


  • Bachelor's Degree and 1-3 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Experience in compliance/regulatory affairs with attention to detail
  • Strong organizational, communication and computer skills.
  • Strong self-motivation to multi-task and quickly shift from one project to another depending on priority
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and confident and comfortable to work and talk with research subjects, including children and parents.
  • Availability for flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience conducing human subjects research
  • Experience conducting MRI research in a research-oriented facility
  • Strong computer and technical skills
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Background check is required. Must pass Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Act (also known as Act 73) background checks, within 30-90 days of employment. Position contingent on funding.

Working Conditions

Office, Library, Computer Room; MRI scanner; Requires extensive safety training

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

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

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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