Employment Opportunities

Clinical Research Assistant

Job Summary

Clinical Research Assistant (CRA) I will work in Policy Lab 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.

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Clinical Research Coordinator

Job Summary

This is a full time Clinical Research Coordinator position offered through Policylab: Center to Bridge Research, Practice, and Policy at 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 assume a lead role in coordinating research project to study the effectiveness of ways to provide social-emotional supports in childcare with the goal to reduce expulsion, suspension and behavior challenges. The project will involve Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), and training to reduce implicit bias of childcare staff program.  The research team will include qualitative interviewers, childcare coaches and parent leaders.  Data collection will be challenging and will occur at each childcare center (up to 7 will be enrolled).  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 project implementation.  An in-depth knowledge of early childhood, childcare and social emotional development and an interest in policy is needed. 

This person will need to be very organized and have excellent follow through. This person must also work well with a diverse group of professional from multiple disciplines, be skilled in interviewing families and summarizing findings from collaborative meetings.  Writing skills are highly important.  This project will include the creation of a Redcap data base, data entry, IRB submissions and amendments.  This person will also work some of the time at the childcare centers collecting data from the classroom and study staff and create a survey that can be used to collect data.  Some oversight of the quality of data will be needed. This person will oversee all aspects of this project in collaboration with the PI.   The work will included interpretation of data, developing policy and practice recommendations and dissemination of findings through academic writing and other forms. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Positive Behavior Supports in childcare
  • Coordinate research teams
  • Weekly meetings (CHOP, PHMC)
  • Maintain communication across diverse team
  • Manage communication with funder and grant implementation and completion of
  • Maintain communication with multi-disciplinary research staff
  • Maintain minutes
  • Manage administrative and business aspects of project implementation.
  • Oversee data collection and data management
  • IRB submissions
  • Create redcap
  • Collect data on site at childcare centers using survey and in person
  • Oversee the staff who are collecting data on site
  • Data entry, cleaning and completion
  • Participate in data analysis, interpretation and development of recommendation
  • Lead process of selection of implicit bias training
  • Literature search and other searches for existing programs
  • Summarizing findings and design of a process for selection
  • Policy analysis
  • Dissemination of findings
  • Prepare reports and manuscripts for presentations. Academic writing
  • Supervision of trainees that might be part of the project

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 Preferences

  • Able to perform tasks independently and in adherence with all grant requirements.
  • Able to work accurately and pay strict attention to detail.
  • Able to work in collaboration with other professionals and staff at the Hospital, in the State public welfare system, and in other health systems.
  • Adaptable to do work which is varied and requires an intellectual and professional approach.
  • Must have a high degree of flexibility of skills and hours.
  • Must have strong writing, organizational, and analytical skills.
  • Candidate should have a strong interest In and commitment to public health research, program implementation, and child health policy that aims to Improve outcomes for children and families.

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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

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.