Research Dental Assistant

Pennsylvania, United States
25 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Dec 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 Profile Title

Dental Assistant C

Job Description Summary

This individual will work as a dental assistant within the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Penn Dental Medicine. S/he will be responsible for room set-up and break-down, assisting during dental and research procedures, managing clinic supplies, and working as a member of the study team on a variety of clinical research projects.

Job Description

This individual will work as a dental assistant within the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Penn Dental Medicine. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing room set-up and break-down according to standard safety practices, clinician needs, and study protocol requirements;
  • Setting up instrument trays;
  • Scheduling and confirming appointments;
  • Ensuring proper operation of dental/medical equipment and emergency supplies by completing routine inspections and maintenance;
  • Handling all instruments using universal precautions;
  • Assisting chair-side during dental procedures;
  • Monitoring clinic supplies and placing orders to maintain adequate stock;
  • Taking x-rays as required by study protocols;
  • Performing data collection during research visits;
  • Interacting with research participants to collect study data and perform procedures as appropriate;
  • Assisting with administrative tasks and responsibilities; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will build positive and productive relationships with the rest of the team, be able to anticipate and address needs, have strong customer service skills, communicate effectively, and have a desire to engage in dental research.

Expanded function dental assistant license is required, with at least 2-3 years of experience in a clinical setting. Prior research experience and experience with Axium is preferred but not required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Dental Medicine

Pay Range

$17.58 - $31.65

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.