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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-27909
School Name Perelman School of Medicine
Org BE-Epidemiology Division
Posted to the Web 02/27/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 028
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8:30 to 5:30
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.


Looking for a full-time qualitative research analyst to perform high-level analysis of qualitative data using NVivo qualitative data analysis software from a grounded theoretical perspective; Apply advanced social scientific theories to the interpretation of qualitative data; Independently identify complex patterns in vast quantities of textual data and present these interpretations to the study PI and academic collaborators; Identify how findings of qualitative studies confirm or expand the current understanding of complex phenomena in the health services research literature; write scholarly manuscripts for high-impact academic medical and social scientific journals in collaboration with the study PI; write abstracts for scientific conferences; lead the daily operations of multi-site, national, federally-funded, collaborative qualitative research studies, which includes the training and supervision of research coordinators and assistants in the collection, management and analysis of qualitative data; make independent decisions about study conduct including determinations of the adequacy of the sample size based on an ongoing assessment of saturation, purposive sampling of key informants and close monitoring of data quality; conduct ethnographic observations in a diverse array of clinical settings; Conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews with patients, healthcare workers, and other clinical stakeholders.
Collect qualitative data from a diverse array of clinical settings across the country including hospital wards, outpatient clinics and patient homes; Employ the following data collection techniques: ethnographic observations (which includes establishing rapport, maintaining an unobtrusive presence in the setting, writing detailed fieldnotes), semi-structured in-depth interviews and focus groups
Plan and lead research team meetings


Master’s degree in Social Sciences or social science discipline (Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Communications) and 3 to 5 years of qualitative data collection experience, including specific familiarity with in-depth interviewing, ethnography and the conduct of focus groups, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. PhD preferred

Experience using qualitative data analysis software; Knowledge of NVivo 11 highly desirable.
Strong communication, writing and organizational skills
Experience in publishing scholarly manuscripts based on qualitative data
Excellent understanding of best practices in the ethical conduct of qualitative research
Strict attention to detail, and willingness to perform varied work that requires an intellectual and professional approach.
Ability and willingness to occasionally work outside normal business hours and on weekends, depending on the needs of the project; Ability and willingness to travel to hospitals across the country, with some site visits possibly lasting up to two weeks; willingness to work in a collaborative capacity but still work independently and take initiative when able.
Previous experience working in an academic medical environment or health services research preferred, but not required.
Must have a valid Driver’s license.

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.

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  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
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    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years

Applicant Documents

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