Research Coordinator, The Social Action Lab, Annenberg School

Research Coordinator, The Social Action Lab, Annenberg School

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Posted Job Title
Research Coordinator, The Social Action Lab, Annenberg School

Job Profile Title
Research Coordinator

Job Description Summary
The Social Action Lab and the Health Social Media and Technology group are looking for 1 or 2 Research Coordinators to contribute to study organization and design, participant recruitment, data analysis, and preparation of papers and reports. We conduct basic lab experiments, surveys, meta-analyses, as well as social media research and clinical trials in the areas of communication and persuasion, motivation and behavioral change, and health. The work currently involves the development of large national programs to combat the opioid epidemic and HIV, social network research on COVID-19, and studying the effects of multiple-behavioral interventions on health outcomes. The research also includes extensive modeling work in the area of HIV.

Job Description

The Research Coordinator will work on projects related to persuasion, social media, and health. Responsibilities include management and coordination of projects, recruiting participants, analyzing data and preparing presentations, developing research and IRB protocols, contacting health department officials, completing literature reviews, contributing to ongoing research reports and presentations, and assisting with writing. The Research Coordinator is expected to work with the team to advance the group's scientific mission and to communicate with participants and collaborators in an effective fashion. This communication will include regular, electronic, phone, and in-person contacts to engage and maintain interactions with a network of about 90 counties in the US. The Research Coordinator will also schedule and prepare agendas for research meetings.


BS or BA in Psychology, Communication, Statistics, Sociology, or closely related field and either an MS degree or 1-2 years' research experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous experience with multidisciplinary research is preferred. The Research Coordinator will be experienced with computer software, including word processing, PowerPoint, Excel, and Mendeley, and statistical software (e.g., R and Python). Previous experience with and/or social media analyses and Unix operating systems is a plus. Successful completion of courses in statistics and research methods, including training in research with human participants, is necessary.

Job Competencies:

This position requires excellent interpersonal, organizational, statistical, and communication (verbal and written) skills as well as outstanding attention to detail, flexibility, and ability to work well with an interdisciplinary team and with state and county agencies. The Research Coordinator will be expected to attend regular meetings with the PI and study personnel and to be present on campus in Philadelphia.

The position is grant-funded and continuation is contingent upon continued receipt of grant funds. Position cannot support candidates who need visa sponsorship.

A resume AND cover letter should be uploaded.

We embrace and encourage our lab members' differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our lab members who they are.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Annenberg School for Communication

Pay Range
$36,401.00 - $55,814.33

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.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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