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Research Coordinator - Communication Neuroscience Lab (Hybrid Eligible)

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Research Coordinator - Communication Neuroscience Lab (Hybrid Eligible)

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Posted Job Title
Research Coordinator - Communication Neuroscience Lab (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Research Coordinator

Job Description Summary
The Communication Neuroscience Laboratory at The Annenberg School for Communication is seeking a research coordinator / recruitment specialist to work on a project relating health communication and psychology to real-world health outcomes.

Job Description

The Communication Neuroscience Laboratory at The Annenberg School for Communication is seeking a research coordinator / recruitment specialist to work on a project relating health communication and psychology to real-world health outcomes. The GeoScan Smoking Study is a longitudinal project examining the relationships between smoking behavior, brain activity, and real-world exposure to point-of-sale-tobacco marketing. The project uses multidisciplinary approaches including mobile-phone based geolocation tracking, functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (fMRI), and self-report surveys collected in real-time through mobile-phone based ecological momentary assessment (EMA).

The position is an excellent opportunity for someone who 1) loves interacting with and helping people, especially over the phone, 2) is interested in learning about and improving wellbeing and health, and 3) wants to gain full-time research experience. The research coordinator / recruitment specialist will be participants' primary contact to field concerns and answer questions about the study tasks and protocol, and will foster a positive experience for participants during study participation. The primary duties for this position include recruitment and eligibility screening; and scheduling and conducting in-person and remote study sessions. Additional duties include IRB management; maintaining the study database and study documentation; and conducting data quality assessments. The research coordinator will work with a project team including the PI, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.

This role will require skills in community organizing/outreach and research, and we invite candidates with either skill set to apply. Although successful applicants do not need to have all of these skills to start, interest in learning is required. Given that this project focuses on working with a community sample of participants, the ideal candidate will have work, volunteer, or lived experience with a wide range of populations, such as socioeconomically diverse or under-served adult groups. This position will begin in spring or summer 2023.

We believe that our science is better with a diverse team. We embrace and encourage our lab members' differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our lab members who they are.

Position is grant funded and continuation is contingent upon continued receipt of grant funds.


A B.S. or B.A., with background in psychology, neuroscience, communication studies, public health, sociology, or a related field, plus 1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience (e.g., previous lab experience, customer service, or community volunteering/work experience) is required. Research and project management experience in a university and/or community setting. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills. Demonstrated ability to be proactive in problem-solving and to work independently, as well as in a team. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to work on multiple tasks, developing solutions to basic technical problems.

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Given that this project focuses on a community sample of participants, the ideal candidate will have work, volunteer, or lived experience with a wide range of populations, such as socioeconomically diverse or under-served adult groups.

Experience in a customer-service and/or community-oriented role is strongly preferred. Experience with or interest in recruitment and running research protocols in psychological and/or neuroimaging studies. Experience with or interest in using RedCap and/or Qualtrics. Willingness to work flexible hours (evenings, weekends). Previous experience working with IRB. Previous supervisory experience and ability to assist in the training of lab personnel.

Successful candidates may also have:

Previous experience in health communication research fields. Previous experience with geolocation and/or mobile-survey data collection or analysis. Successful publication record. Desire/ability to write papers and grants in collaboration with the research team.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
Annenberg School for Communication

Pay Range
$37,220.00 - $56,087.33
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.

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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
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  • 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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