Research Project Manager A/B

Research Project Manager A/B

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Posted Job Title
Research Project Manager A/B

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project A

Job Description Summary
The Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center is seeking a project manager to lead a new initiative called the Behavioral Economics to Transform Trial Enrollment Representativeness (BETTER) Center. The BETTER Center seeks to address the problem of selective enrollment in randomized clinical trials (RCTs): too often RCTs fail to enroll participant samples that represent the sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status (SES), and other characteristics in the populations affected by the condition being studied. The BETTER Center will develop and test interventions to surmount the barriers to participation in randomized clinical trials faced by disenfranchised racial and ethnic groups, women, persons of low SES, and others with or at risk for cardiovascular disease. The BETTER Center is one of several American Heart Association sponsored Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) Centers.

Job Description

The project manager will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Scott Halpern, to plan, implement, and coordinate the Center's activities and clinical trials. The project manager will coordinate with investigators at Penn, as well as research partners at Emory and MedStar Health, to ensure the successful execution of three related research studies. Specifically, the project manager will: monitor study enrollment and protocol adherence; supervise research staff; communicate with data managers and analysts regarding data processing efforts; analyze and report on study metrics (compliance, benchmarks for enrollment, and finances); contribute to manuscript writing; partner with PAIR Center Communications to disseminate the BETTER Center's work; manage engagement with the BETTER Center Advisory Boards, and coordinate meetings, educational activities, and engagement with other SFRN centers.


Manage implementation of three studies in conjunction with multiple investigators and clinical site partners

Oversee the day-to-day operations the clinical trials, including study enrollment, adherence, regulatory compliance, timely completion of project milestones, supervision of research staff, and reporting to the sponsor

Coordinate team, stakeholder, and Advisory Board meetings, document decision-making, train research staff, students, and trainees

Manage educational activities and engagement with other SFRN centers

Collaborate with departmental business administrators to oversee resources and budgets

Guide and support BETTER Center communications and dissemination

Contribute to study design, methods, interpretation of results, and manuscript development

Other duties as assigned

Project Manager B:

All duties listed above plus the following:

With mentoring from the Principal Investigator, the Project Manager will take a leadership role in developing the team's research strategy and ensuring scientific integrity of the study design during implementation. His/her purview will stretch beyond implementation to significant contributions to progress reports, data analysis plans, manuscript development, and presentations. He/she will co-author manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, with a lead role on clinical trial protocol manuscripts. He/she will develop grant proposals and lead subprojects, as needed.



Bachelor's Degree with 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience in health services research and/or public health preferred.


Master's Degree with 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience in health services research and/or public health

and 5-7 years experience preferred. A demonstrated ability to manage the scope, timelines, and budget of a large study, and excellent verbal and written communication skills are all required. Desirable skills include experience with randomized clinical trials.

Both Positions

The candidate must be highly organized with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary team.

This individual will function independently in carrying out most responsibilities and must feel comfortable communicating regularly with multiple stakeholders across several institutions.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less; Typically standing or walking; Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaManager Research Project A

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00

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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.

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