Employment Opportunities

Clinical Research Coordinator I

Job Summary

The research team led by Dr. Marsha Gerdes is looking to hire a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) I to join a dynamic and interdisciplinary research team in PolicyLab, focused in improving early childhood wellbeing through implementations of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in early childcare centers in the Philadelphia region. This is a full time Clinical Research Coordinator position offered through Policylab. The aim of Policylab is to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. This role involves partnership with the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) to implement PBIS support and trainings to enhance the social emotional growth of children and reduce the incidence of suspensions and expulsions. This is a multi-aim project is funded through the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids and the William Penn Foundation. The CRC I would take a lead role in engaging families to participate in shared activities that align with the PBIS curriculum in a sustained effort to encourage families to partner with their childcare.

The CRC I will assume a lead role in implementing three tiers of the pyramid model to foster family engagement. The project will involve Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS). The research team will include CHOP research staff and childcare external facilitators from PHMC. Data collection will be challenging and will occur at each childcare center. A total of 11 childcare centers will be enrolled in this study. This planning project will be under the direction and guidance of the Principal Investigator. This person will serve as a collaborative member of our planning team.

The ideal candidate will have specialized training in public health and policy with a high degree of understanding of research practices and early childhood development. An in-depth knowledge of early childhood, childcare and social emotional development and an interest in health policy is needed.

Job Responsibilities

Study Implementation

  • Lead design of parent engagement intervention with guidance from study PI, PBIS team and childcare staff
  • Weekly meetings (CHOP, PHMC)
  • Manage communication with funder and grant implementation and completion of metrics
  • Obtain informed consent from childcare staff and parents
  • Create a toolkit for childcare staff to use carry out parent engagement activities
  • On-site support of teachers to conduct parent engagement activities

Data Collection and Data Management

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of surveys, forms, and instruments using REDCap
  • Collect data on site at childcare centers
  • Oversee CHOP & PHMC staff who are collecting data on site
  • Ensure that research documents are up to date and in compliance with IRB regulations including consent forms and amendments to IRB approved protocols
  • Data entry, cleaning and completion
  • Participate in data analysis, interpretation and development of recommendations

Administrative

  • Maintain communication with multi-disciplinary research staff
  • Manage administrative and business aspects of project implementation
  • Supervise trainees that might be part of the project
  • Participate in PolicyLab initiatives as needed

Skills

  • Adaptable to work out of the office setting when traveling to child care settings to implement project aims
  • Strong interest and commitment to early childhood public health initiatives and policy efforts to improve early childhood education
  • Ability to successfully work with researchers, PBIS specialists, teachers, and parents from diverse backgrounds

Required Education and Experience

  • Required Education: Associates Degree or active enrollment in a Bachelor’s Degree Program
  • Required Experience: Three (3) years of relevant clinical research experience

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor/Seeking priority referrals for protected veterans.  Please contact our hiring official with any referrals or questions.

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Student Intern

Background

Young people under age 20 years in the United States have the high rates of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among people of all age groups. Parents are an important influence on adolescents’ sexual decisions, but are infrequently included as part of prevention or intervention strategies. Adolescents who recall a parent talking about sex are more likely to delay sexual initiation and use condoms and birth control once they are sexually active. The Akers Research Group has developed several programs to help families talk about sexual health topics. We are looking for up to two creative individuals to join our team for a short term project.

Description of Project

Are you a creative person?

Do you like to work as part of a team?

Do you enjoy working with people of all ages – from young teens to grand-parents?

Think you can create games that families will enjoy – even if the subject matter is a bit taboo?

Then, we are looking for you!

Our research team is looking to hire up to two students with interactive design skills to help us to develop interactive choose-your-own-adventure interactive activities. The successful candidate will work with parents and young people ages 14 to 17 years to develop interactive activities that will be hosted on our website: ParentsAreTalking.Com. The website mission is to improve communication between parents and young people about puberty, sex and sexuality.

Duties

Students interested in this project would be instrumental in the design of the game, as well as the animation and audio to accompany each game. Duties include:

  • Developing plots and storylines
  • Developing characters
  • Create a simple navigation maps that depicts scenarios
  • Create high quality video and/or animation and audio to accompany each game
  • Co-lead focus groups with parents and teens to inform the scenario topics and content

Qualifications

Education and Experience 

  • Ideal for student majoring in Gaming Design & Production, Computer Graphics, Animation, Interactive Design, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of HTML, Java Script
  • Experience with game development
  • C+ or C++ is a plus
  • Knowledge of various graphics packages

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to perform assigned tasks while working under direct supervision.
  • Detail oriented and organized.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in team or individual environments under established deadlines
  • Ability to perform assigned tasks while working under direct supervision.
  • Majors: Des. - Animation & Visual Effects, Des. - Interactive Digital Media, Des. - Film & Video, Des. -  Gaming Design & Production, or a related field

Interview Scheduling Details

Interviewer Location: Employer Site

For more information, contact Danielle Weldon, program manager, at 267-425-1449 or weldond@email.chop.edu

Qualitative Clinical Research Coordinator

Job Summary

This is a full-time Qualitative Clinical Research Coordinator position offered through PolicyLab: Center to Bridge Research, Practice, and Policy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The aim of PolicyLab is to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. The research coordinator will be responsible for qualitative contributions to a range of health services research studies.

PolicyLab offers an exciting position for a health professional who possesses strong leadership skills as well as diverse experiences with qualitative methods and analysis. The research associate will have the opportunity to work in team settings that include both qualitative and quantitative experts on various projects.

The ideal candidate will have specialized training in qualitative methods and public health with a high degree of understanding of research design and processes, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures, recruitment, consent, and data management. Experience with qualitative research and some exposure to quantitative data analysis or mixed methods are expected. Rigorous attention to detail and organization are essential. This person will need to exercise discretion and judgment in the execution of research protocols, lead coding and analysis efforts, provide general project support, and must work closely with project teams to ensure all project timelines, standards, and reporting requirements are met. Mastery of NVivo software, qualitative interviewing, and focus group facilitation are required.

Preferred Requirements 

  • Bachelor's degree with three (3) to five (5) years of public health research experience OR Master's Degree in Public Health or Social Work with one (1) to three (3) years of public health research experience.

Job Responsibilities

  • Communicate effectively across interdisciplinary project teams across institutions using clear meeting agendas, emails, and calendar invites to share project updates, dictate and follow through on next steps, and keep the group on task to achieve project goals
  • Prepare, coordinate and track materials for all initial, modification and continuing review IRB submissions
  • Review literature and synthesize findings on a variety of child health topics
  • Develop, update, and maintain data collection instruments (e.g. interview guides, surveys) for research purposes
  • Lead project team’s recruitment, data collection, management, and analysis efforts
  • Conduct interviews and focus groups with research study participants
  • Create and manage NVivo project files among team members
  • Perform analyses using NVivo query functions and memoing in preparation for team meetings, under direction of lead investigators
  • Lead and participate in conversations with multidisciplinary team members concerning the research process and future directions to ensure high quality and high impact research
  • Assist in all aspects of preparation of scientific manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals
  • Apply relevant project lessons and skills to ongoing PolicyLab initiatives

Required Education and Experience

  • Required Education: BA/BS in a related field
  • Required Experience: 3+ year(s) relevant clinical research coordination experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

  • Preferred Education: MA/MS in a related field
  • Preferred Experience: 1+ year(s) relevant clinical research coordination experience

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Requires effective writing and communication, work as part of a team, ability to multitask

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor/Seeking priority referrals for protected veterans.  Please contact our hiring official with any referrals or questions.

To apply, click here

Clinical Research Assistant

Job Summary

Clinical Research Assistant (CRA) will work in PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute is an interdisciplinary institution dedicated to conducting basic, clinical and translational research on conditions and diseases that affect children, and is part of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania research community.

The CRA will be aiding the Research Study Team and the Principal Investigator in the development and execution of clinical, behavioral, policy and community-engaged research focused on integrating care systems and reducing disparities for children with asthma, as well as other administrative duties. Through research, the team strives to better understand and improve the health of children and youth with asthma. Specific research focus for this position will be implementing a novel intervention to enhance asthma controller medication adherence in the highest risk children by leveraging mobile health technology and incentives – both financial and behavioral – oriented to the child. 

Job Responsibilities

Under direct supervision of the PI and research manager, the CRA will perform research study tasks as assigned. These tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting medical chart reviews
  • Assisting in the development and management of survey instruments on REDCap, Way to Health, or other platforms as needed
  • With appropriate authorization and training, recruiting, screening, obtaining consent, and enrolling study participants
  • Scheduling study visits and coordinating participant incentives
  • Conducting study visits (including interviews with study subjects), meeting all quality assurance and confidentiality guidelines for data collection, and assuring accurate completion of questionnaires and other data collection during study visits (paper and/or electronic data capture)
  • Assisting with preparation and organization of study source and regulatory documents electronically and in hard copy
  • Collecting/entering, managing, cleaning, and analyzing study data
  • Attending weekly meetings with the CHOP research team and other pertinent project-related meetings
  • Conducting literature searches and literature reviews through library databases or Internet sources
  • Managing daily study procedures with other research team members
  • Adhering to IRB-approved protocols and complying with institutional policies, SOPs, and guidelines
  • Assisting with IRB submissions
  • Assisting with grant applications
  • Assisting with administrative tasks as needed

Required Education and Experience

  • Required Education: AA in a related field
  • Required Experience:  1+ year(s) relevant clinical research experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

  • Preferred Education:  BA/BS in a related field

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Ability to function efficiently with minimal supervision in a clinical research setting.
  • Ability to learn quickly, work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of the study team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact with staff, families, children, and community partners.
  • Prior research/office experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to be discreet with confidential materials and sensitive topics
  • Must be highly motivated, with excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Experience with survey software and spreadsheet software is preferred
  • Experience with MS office is required
  • Ability to be flexible with work hours to accommodate scheduling needs of study projects

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor/Seeking priority referrals for protected veterans.  Please contact our hiring official with any referrals or questions.

To apply, click here

Grants Writer

Job Summary

The Grant Writer will perform grant writing and management functions that will maximize essential support from external sponsors for the center’s research, training and programmatic initiatives. The Grant Writer will provide expertise and support to a team of interdisciplinary faculty members. The Grant Writer will serve as the point person on each grant project, facilitating team communication, organizing the submission process, and providing writing, editing, project planning and budgeting services and expertise.

Job Responsibilities

Facilitation and Organization of grant submissions (35%)

  • Act as the point person throughout the proposal preparation process to communicate information to and from research team members, sponsor, sponsored projects office, and research business manager; organize meetings and conference calls.
  • Read and understand proposal requirements and develop plan for proposal completion including systematically collecting components (e.g. biosketches, letters of support, facilities descriptions, personnel information), determining timelines, and creating/maintaining collaborative workspaces
  • For electronic submissions, upload all documents in correct format and ensure that all required elements are complete. Work with sponsored projects office to see through to submission.  For paper submissions, compile all components and oversee sign-off, copying, collating and mailing of all required documents. Maintain database of funded grants for access by center faculty

2. Grant Writing (35%)

  • Write all ‘non-science’ grant sections, including facilities and resource descriptions, human subjects protection, project management, data security, organizational capabilities, budget justifications, draft letters of support, etc.
  • Complete enrollment tables, compile and format references and appendices
  • Compile above sections along with sections written by investigative team members (including sub-sites), ensure uniform document formatting, and oversee review and editing of entire document by team

3. Grant Budgeting (20%)

  • Communicate with PI to determine project needs.  Gather personnel costs and contact other internal and external sources and vendors as needed to determine other project costs. If applicable, work with research purchasing office and clinical trials financial management team to determine costs.
  • Develop preliminary budget and work with research business manager to formalize and place in correct format.
  • Work with project team to revise as needed per grant funding limits.

4. Provide related grant writing support (10%)

  • Identify new funding opportunities
  • Create templates for commonly used grant components
  • Maintain database of funded grants for access by center faculty

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

None

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelors degree

Required Experience:

  • Three years of professional experience in an academic or research institute or similar setting, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience working with grants, contracts and subcontracts.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Microsoft Office
  • End Note
  • Demonstrated writing ability.
  • Working knowledge of key practices, regulations, policies and procedures related to grants/contracts.
  • Working knowledge of grant budgeting practices
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and execute multiple complicated and continuing grants in a timely manner.
  • Ability to be professional, courteous and tactful in dealing with researchers, sponsors, research business managers and sponsored projects officers and to communicate clearly and effectively with all research partners.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor/Seeking priority referrals for protected veterans.  Please contact our hiring official with any referrals or questions.

Please apply here.

Student Employment Opportunities

Spring/Summer Intern Enrollment Season is Now Open!

If you are a student with an interest in Adolescent Health & Well-beingHealth Care Coverage, Access & QualityHealth Equity or Intergenerational Family Services and would like to explore possibilities of participating in an internship or work study or volunteering within PolicyLab, we may have a research study or policy project just for you.  

PolicyLab provides opportunities for students at different levels of training—from undergraduate to doctoral—to participate in pediatric research and health policy projects. Summer and year-long positions may be available.  

Applying is Easy! 

Summer Positions

Our 2019 Spring/Summer application period will run from March 15 through June 1. Please note, onboarding can take anywhere from three to six weeks, therefore we highly suggest that you submit your request early during the application period to allow adequate time to participate in PolicyLab’s studies.

Simply send your request to PolicyLab by clicking on submit during our spring/summer application period. If we have an available position that may be a match, we will contact you to discuss further possibilities and next steps in the process. Our faculty also work with students in the SUMR and CRISSP programs, for which we also welcome your applications. 

Fall/Winter Positions 

Our 2018 Fall/Winter application period has ended, however we will publish more information on the 2019 Fall/Winter application in the coming months.

We look forward to connecting with you!

At PolicyLab, recruiting and retaining a diverse group of team members who bring fresh insights from all backgrounds to the research, administrative, communications and policy work that we do is fundamental to our mission. As such, we welcome innovative minds from individuals across, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and marital status, victim of domestic or sexual violence status, covered veteran status or other protected classifications.

 

At PolicyLab, recruiting and retaining a diverse group of team members who bring fresh insights from all backgrounds to the research, administrative, communications and policy work that we do is fundamental to our mission. We are committed to creating an environment that is reflective of the diverse communities we serve. As such, we welcome innovative minds from individuals across race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and marital status, victim of domestic or sexual violence status, covered veteran status or other protected classifications.

PolicyLab aims to provide every team member with opportunities that allow their voices to be heard as this exemplifies our core belief in the power of diverse thinking to influence the policies, protocols and practices that define our workplace and improve the lives of children and families. We strive for a productive, fulfilling workplace and personal growth opportunities for all staff and believe an inclusive environment is central to this goal.