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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-26927
School Name Perelman School of Medicine
Org FM-Family Medicine
Posted to the Web 10/03/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 025
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8-5
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
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.

School/Center Overview

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.


This research coordinator will have a leadership role in two projects: 1) Implementation and oversight of an R21-funded project to investigate and improve behavioral self-management practices among adolescents with serious food allergies. 2) Support of an R01-funded project aiming to create a new framework for health information privacy that goes beyond the boundaries of information gathered in medical encounters to include individuals’ health relevant digital information collected by wearables and smart phones.

Food allergy R-21-funded project:
Severe food allergies affect 8 million children and adolescents in the United States, leading to thousands of emergency room visits annually. Adolescence is a high-risk period for adverse events, which can include anaphylaxis and even death. Despite the high (and increasing) public health burden of food allergies, there is limited behavioral science research regarding best practices for clinical and self-management.

This project will investigate behavioral self-management practices among adolescents with serious food allergies in a 2-year cohort multiple randomized controlled trial. The research coordinator will be responsible for recruitment of participants, building of study systems and interventions through the Way to Health automated research platform, study monitoring and regulatory communications with the Institutional Review Board, scheduling of team meetings, communications with collaborators at Penn and CHOP, data collection and cleaning, and analysis and reporting on this project. In this role, the research coordinator will supervise student research assistants.

Health information privacy R01-funded project:
There is little available research regarding consumer and expert preferences for digital health information privacy despite the growing evidence of public concern. While there is an enormous regulatory system that protects information gathered during medical encounters, individuals’ digital health footprints, which may contain revealing health information, remain unprotected. Thus, there is a need for research to guide future policy decisions regarding digital health information privacy.

This project is a 3-year, mixed methods study that will use both surveys and interviews to gain insight into expert and consumer preferences for digital health information privacy. Project-related tasks will include conducting semi-structured interviews as well as coding qualitative data.

This is a full time, 2-year position that will require work with colleagues in the Center for Public Health Initiatives, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Position is contingent on continued funding.


Required: Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required.
Strong writing skills
Strong leadership skills

Relevant academic research or work experience (food allergy, health behavior change, adolescent, eHealth, mHealth)
Preferred: Master’s degree in public health, or equivalent, preferred
Knowledge of human subjects research guidelines and IRB protocols
Familiarity with statistical analysis and qualitative data analysis software
Experience in collaborating with community-based organizations or health departments
Strong organizational and communication skills are essential for success in this position. A detail-oriented, self-motivated master’s level professional, with a drive to contribute to public health, is preferred.

Must pass Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Act (also known as Act 73) background checks within 30-90 days of employment.

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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