Research Project Director

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Mar 23, 2024
Full time Deans & Directors

Job Description

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Research Project Director

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. 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 Large Employers in 2023.

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.

Posted Job Title
Research Project Director

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project C

Job Description Summary
The Social Action Lab conducts cross-disciplinary, basic, and policy work on attitudes and persuasion, social cognition, self-regulation, and behavioral change. Our projects advance knowledge about psychological, communication, and public health phenomena at both the basic and applied levels. The Lab is led by Director Dolores Albarracin, Ph.D., the Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor, and the 28th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The Lab has been awarded multiple funding from NIH and NSF.

The Director is responsible for translating project goals and requirements into research strategies and activities for research deliverables. The Director will oversee strategic planning, day-to-day operation, and effective management of a complex and broad range of projects conducted with internal and external collaborators to the University. This researcher will take a leadership role in creating new research, developing study protocols, writing grants/reports, managing the detailed operations of projects, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, cultivating close relationships with community partners, making scientific presentations, and creating manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

The Director is a member of the leadership team and reports to the Lab Director.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, planning, and management for design, development, and implementation of research studies. Carry out hands-on data analyses and result interpretation. Integrate multiple components of research projects and develop strategic plans.
  • Create and proactively manage timelines and budgets.
  • Lead a team of research assistants, graduate students, and program engineers.
  • Train and supervise other lab members on research methods, research implementation, and analytical techniques.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations.
  • Supervise randomized controlled trials containing clinical and behavioral data.
  • Contribute to leading the team. Create, implement, and oversee systems to assess program progress and produce semi-annual progress reports.
  • Interface with teams, including collaborators, ensuring the integrity, accessibility, and stewardship of data regularly.
  • Submit applications for funding.



This position is contingent upon grant funding.

Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. degree in a related field is required, and 3 years of post-doctoral experience are preferable.
  • Being exceptionally organized and resourceful are essential. The research director must thrive in a fast-paced environment and be a self-starter with a results-oriented mindset.
  • Understanding of regulatory compliance issues is required. Familiarity with behavioral interventions and clinical trials is important.
  • Excellent multi-tasking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and publish research.
  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency in advanced statistics such as structural equation modeling, hierarchical modeling, and longitudinal analyses.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills are essential to communicate effectively across the ecosystem of academic researchers, clinical providers, and community partners. The position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively and efficiently both independently and as part of a team, with the ability to thrive in a diverse working environment.
  • High accuracy, dependability, and attention to detail will be vital to success in the position.
  • Experience with programming in R and Python (or other languages).
  • Proficiency and comfort with Microsoft applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams), as well as web-based communications and database/tracking tools (e.g., RedCap, Zoom, Qualtrics), is required.



Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Annenberg School for Communication

Pay Range
$74,476.00 - $80,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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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