Research Project Manager B (Hybrid Eligible)

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Research Project Manager B (Hybrid Eligible)

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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. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

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.

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Posted Job Title
Research Project Manager B (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project B

Job Description Summary
Established in 2009, the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Behavior Research (CHBR) is an institution-wide collaborative effort, dedicated to conducting health behavior research, fostering advances in measurement of health behaviors, advancing the use of health behavior theory, and promoting collaboration among faculty, fellows, and students. Through theory-based research and a broad focus on measurement of health behavior, the CHBR contributes to both fundamental and applied research to help individuals, populations, and clinicians improve health behaviors and outcomes.

The purpose of this position is to serve in a leadership role for the Healthcare and Informatics Communication Lab and to provide high-level support for the Director. In this capacity, the employee will be required to function as Project Manager (oversee all tasks required to ensure that studies are conducted safely and according to protocol), a collaborator (work with his/her equivalent from collaborating universities and funding agencies) and researcher (develop protocols, examine, and report on study data). S/he will also be responsible for coordinating grant applications and interacting with funding administrators and the university Business Office, as well as supervising other members of the Lab and project teams in supporting roles.

Job Description

The purpose of this position is to serve in a leadership capacity within the Healthcare and Informatics Communication Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Johnson.

The candidate will oversee projects bridging SEAS, PSOM and Annenberg, and be directly involved with planning, funding, and initial pilot projects between the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He/she will be responsible for assisting with grant preparation, staff hiring, student recruitment, pilot projects, presentations, and overall management of people and time to program milestones. He/she will facilitate communication among several research teams-initially just at the University of Pennsylvania, but eventually at other health systems nationally.

This position will develop relationships with internal and external international project partners and is expected to extend beyond existing projects over time. The position will require the candidate to work within standardized PMP project management frameworks and expects the candidate to actively work on outreach, and other activities to foster scientific collaboration and utilization of the developed resources in collaboration with our partners. The candidate will oversee abstract and manuscript processes in collaboration with the Principal Investigator.

Responsibilities also include serving as a liaison between the PI and the rest of the team (including internal and external lab/project advisors), managing and monitoring operations and timelines, and working with the PI and grants manager to manage the grant budget.

A high level of independence, attention to detail, familiarity with medicine, engineering, NIH and NSF funding, agile software development, and strong communication skills are expected. Other duties as assigned. Perform these tasks with minimal supervision after initial training.


Master's Degree with 3-5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience with clinical research required; experience managing multicenter research studies preferred. Previous experience drafting protocols, consents and related SOPs. Effective problem-solving abilities, communication and writing skills required. Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and multi-level tasks required. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Applicant must be able to appropriately prioritize, manage time effectively and exercise mature judgment. Knowledge of IRB and human research protection regulations essential. Position contingent upon funding.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00

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.

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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