Research Project Manager, Computational Memory Lab

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Research Project Manager, Computational Memory Lab

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Posted Job Title
Research Project Manager, Computational Memory Lab

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project B

Job Description Summary
The computational memory lab at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to recruit a talented scientific project manager to help lead a multi-center team in carrying out research on the use of brain stimulation to study brain networks underlying cognitive functions and to help create neuromodulation therapies that will someday help restore memory function in patients who have suffered brain injuries. This position requires a unique combination of leadership / teaming skills and technical expertise in the fields of neuroscience and/or bioengineering.

The project manager will supervise a staff of full-time research specialists and software developers, and assist them in carrying out this federally-funded BRAIN initiative project. The successful applicant will enjoy leading a dedicated and hardworking team whose hub is at the University of Pennsylvania but that includes researchers at leading institutions around the world. Applicants should possess an exceptional academic background, including at least some coursework in computer science/engineering/ mathematics, and should also have experience in managing projects that involved supervisory experience. This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

With oversight by the Principal Investigator, the Research Project Manager will: coordinate research activities across hospital sites and collaborators, including travel as necessary; interface with funding sponsors; train and direct junior personnel at all sites; oversee data collection at all sites; organize team meetings; interface with specialized equipment suppliers; administer budgets and project expenditures/purchasing; prepare progress reports and IRB continuing reviews; and work closely with the research team members and the systems development team to meet project goals and milestones. He/she will directly oversee staff research specialists and scientific programmers/software engineers.



A Master's degree in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biophysics, or related field

3-5 years of research experience, ideally in a setting of high-volume data collection and quantitative analysis

Experience with clinical and/or research electrophysiology systems (scalp EEG, intracranial EEG, human single unit recordings)

Strong neuroscience/neuroanatomy background knowledge

Experience with scientific/statistical computing techniques and languages (MATLAB, R, Python/SciPy, or similar)

Strong communication skills, including written/spoken presentations (including technical details), training, formal e-mail correspondence, etc.

Excellent organizational skills


An advanced degree (PhD, DSc, etc.) in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biophysics, or related field

Experience with grant progress report preparation and proposal writing

Experience with regulatory affairs: IRB protocol submission and continuing reviews

Experience with neuroimaging techniques (MR, CT)

Experience with research or clinical brain stimulation systems

Proficiency with scientific/statistical computing techniques and languages (MATLAB, R, Python/SciPy, or similar); familiarity with experiment software programming

Experience using UNIX/Linux systems, including high performance computing clusters

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. Using tools requiring high dexterity.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

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.

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Posted: 9/14/2020
Application Due: 9/25/2020
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