Research Coordinator

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
29 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.

Job Description Summary

The Research Coordinator will be required to coordinate the day-to-day operations of the study "Randomized trial of universal vs. guideline directed germline testing among young adults with cancer." The Research Coordinator will be responsible for the abstraction of complex medical data in order to determine study eligibility. Under the direction of the Principal Investigator and project managers, the Research Coordinator may: manage data using different tools, systems and statistical software packages; submit protocol modifications and continuing reviews to the IRB as needed; perform literature reviews; and write reports, sections of grant proposals, and manuscripts for publication. The Coordinator role may also include direct patient interaction, such as enrolling patients in studies. There may also be an opportunity to participate in the design, conduct, analysis and writing of clinical research studies, along with the production of tables and figures. The job will entail administrative responsibilities that include organizing and filing research materials, data entry and extraction and proof reading. This position is contingent on funding.

Job Description

This position will support day-to-day research and administrative activities within the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.  The position will be full time (40 hrs./week) and is grant-funded.  Effort will be on a randomized control trial, the “Randomized trial of universal vs. guideline directed germline testing among young adults with cancer,” which seeks to define an evidence-based, sustainable approach to identifying and managing genetic risk among young adults with cancer and their relatives.

The Research Coordinator will work closely with a cross-departmental research team and will be responsible for assisting with study recruitment and enrollment, including:  review of patient medical records to assess patient eligibility, documentation of reasons for ineligibility, enrollment of patients into study, contact of non-responding patients, and maintenance of patient study records.  The Research Coordinator will also assist with quantitative and qualitative data cleaning, management, and analysis; qualitative interviewing; and administrative tasks related to the study and to conduct of participant interviews.  Additionally, the Research Coordinator will attend weekly staff meetings.


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a health related or social science field and 1-2 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.  The candidate will demonstrate excellent organizational, time-management and interpersonal skills.  The coordinator must be detail oriented and accurate with an ability to organize and execute projects consistently and complete tasks independently. The position also requires excellent written and communication skills, and ability to exercise initiative. Ability to travel locally on a limited basis and occasional work evenings or weekends is required. Two years research related experience or equivalent along with experience conducting interviews and/or analyzing qualitative data and proficiency with Excel are preferred.  

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table

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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