Research Coordinator

The Penn Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program is offering a unique opportunity to play a vital role at the forefront Alzheimer’s disease research at the University of Pennsylvania. Click here to apply.

We’re searching for a driven, experienced research coordinator to join a team led by Dr. Jason Karlawish as we examine the ethical, legal, and social issues related to the aging brain, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, this group is tackling the social and cultural impact of “pre-clinical” Alzheimer’s disease.

In this role, you would help carry out qualitative research studying how older adults react to learning their genetic and biomarker risk of developing dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Duties include scheduling and conducting interviews, assisting in the analysis of study data, and writing up of results. You would also contribute to development of study protocols and instruments, recruit study participants, manage research data, ensure regulatory compliance (communication with IRB and study sponsors), and participate in cleaning and analysis of research data and preparation of manuscripts, reports and grants.

A qualified candidate will have earned a Bachelor’s degree in health related or social science field and demonstrate excellent organizational, time-management and interpersonal skills. He or she will also have one to two years of applicable work experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience) with qualitative research, which includes conducting qualitative interviews and managing and analyzing data, as well as knowledge of IRB and human research protection regulations. Some experience mixing qualitative and quantitative data is preferred. Proficiency using NVivo and Microsoft Office Suite — including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook — is required. The coordinator must be detail- and accuracy-oriented with the abilities to organize and execute projects consistently and complete tasks independently.

The position requires initiative and judgment along with excellent oral and written communication skills. A qualified candidate will excel in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines and priorities. Travel within the Philadelphia area may be required, so a driver’s license or access to reliable transportation is valuable. The position may require some flexibility (<2% fte) in work hours in order to occasionally accommodate the schedules of research participants.

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