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Research Specialist A-01

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 20, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

Job Details

Research Specialist A-01

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 Specialist A-01

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist A-01

Job Description Summary
The Emotion Development Environment & Neurogenetics (EDEN) Lab, directed by Dr. Rebecca Waller is hiring a part-time research specialist A (i.e., lab manager). The EDEN Lab is part of the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. The position will be in person with a start date in the summer 2024. This position is a one-year term appointment, but a candidate interested in a two- or three-year commitment is preferred.

Job Description

Dr. Waller's research is in developmental psychopathology with a focus on understanding risk for externalizing problems (e.g., aggression, violence, callous-unemotional traits) beginning prenatally with continued data collection across infancy and childhood. The lab uses a combination of interdisciplinary methods to investigate individual and environmental risk factors for externalizing problems, including through report measures, observational assessments, neuroimaging, genetically-informed studies, and assessment of psychophysiology (e.g., attention and physiological regulation).

The successful candidate will have a range of responsibilities, including working with Dr. Waller (PI), the Senior Research Coordinator, and collaborators within and outside of the University of Pennsylvania. Research-related tasks will include working on a newly-funded R01 and assisting in the preparation of IRBs, the hiring, training, managing, and mentoring a team of research assistants with Dr. Waller, providing ongoing administrative support in the recruitment of participants (children and parents), preparing experimental materials, and assisting in the collection and cleaning of data for ongoing studies. Administrative responsibilities will include aiding the Senior Research Coordinator in the organization, cleaning, and sharing of data files as relevant, helping to oversee human subjects' compliance, organizing day to day management of the EDEN Lab (e.g., booking rooms, coordinating schedules of research assistants), maintaining the lab website, coordinating lab purchases with administrative staff, and organizing lab social events. Importantly, there will also be opportunities for scientific involvement in all aspects of research projects in the lab, including the opportunity to lead the writing of journal articles and conference presentations. Thus, this position is an excellent stepping-stone for someone planning to go to graduate school in clinical or developmental psychology, or related fields.

This is a Regular Part-Time Staff position working 30 hours per week:

Required Qualifications:
  • BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Education, Statistics, or similar field is required
  • 0-1 years of research experience (e.g., data collection, scheduling, and recruitment), preferably with working with children (an equivalent combination of education and experience can be considered) is required.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Comfortable interacting with parents and children from a variety of demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently.
  • Experience in Microsoft Excel and statistical analysis software (R, SAS, SPSS, Mplus, and/or MatLab)
  • Ability to work efficiently, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Flexible work availability (including evenings and weekends).

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior experience using eye-tracking, psychophysiological, and/or computer-based experimental methodologies in the context of psychological or mental health research.
  • Experience working with Qualtrics software.
  • Proficient programming skills in R.

    Job Location - City, State
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Department / School
    School of Arts and Sciences

    Pay Range

    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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