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Senior Research Investigator

The Penn Project on Precision Medicine for the Brain (P3MB) in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy seeks a research scientist who will serve as the linchpin of its multi-disciplinary team of researchers that is studying the ethical and policy issues encountered in research on precision medicine for the brain. Working closely with P3MB faculty, the research scientist will develop, implement, and disseminate interdisciplinary research in this emerging area and will collaborate in efforts to translate its results into clinical practice and policy. The P3MB is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of researchers with a particular focus on the rapidly growing scientific interest in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers, and on mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. The research scientist will work with the P3MB investigators to identify topic areas, obtain funding, design and execute projects, and disseminate research results through the peer-reviewed literature as well as other high-impact venues. The qualified candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in a social science or health policy related field and experience conducting empirical research in a sociobehavioral field; experience in designing, executing and publishing research that collects primary data and that addresses an ethical, policy or social issue is essential. Particular skills that are relevant to this position include research project management, preparing grant applications and reports, and collaboratively writing academic articles for publication.

Administrative Coordinator

This position will provide administrative support and coordination of numerous essential functions and initiatives in a growing department spanning multiple floors. Primary responsibilities include coordinating important educational/training initiatives, being the ‘go to’ person for space and facility issues, and providing administrative support for multiple faculty. Other responsibilities include coordinating an office consolidation and move, organizing and coordinating department conferences & special events, managing department scheduling and providing support in arranging guest lecturer/speaker events.

Post-doctoral Researcher

The Bradbury Lab in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania is recruiting a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow with expertise in patient-oriented and behavioral research. Position is initially offered for one year - and can be extended up to at least three years contingent upon outstanding performance. Candidate can begin as early as September 2014.

Available project within the Bradbury lab include several NIH funded translational genetic research studies focused on the clinical implementation of genetic medicine to promote the health of individuals, families and communities. These include:

1.    Studies to evaluate the risks, benefits and utilities of returning individual genetic research results to research participants.

2.    A multicenter randomized study to evaluate the risks, benefits and outcomes of telephone communication of genetic test results as compared to in-person communication (standard-of-care).

3.    Studies to evaluate how psychosocial adjustment and health and risk behaviors of adolescent girls at genetic and familial risk for breast cancer differ from peers.

4.    Studies evaluating new counseling and delivery models for, and outcomes of emerging somatic and germline applications in clinical cancer care.

The candidate will be part of an enthusiastic interdisciplinary research team and will have opportunities to participate in multicenter studies, manuscript development and grant writing. The candidate will lead a newly funded multi-center NIH funded study evaluating the return of genetic research results to research participants. Additionally, the candidate will be involved in analysis and dissemination of projects described above. Thus, this position provides a rich multi-disciplinary training and mentored environment in health care communication and delivery, clinical genetics, ethical legal and social issues related to genomic medicine and behavioral science.


Candidates are required to hold a PhD, MD, or both. Must be a U.S.citizen or possess a U.S. permanent residency card.

Extensive expertise in patient-oriented, survey based research and familiarity with data analysis is required. Preference will be given to those with experience in both qualitative and quantitative methods, writing experience and a record of participating in publications. Candidates with wet-lab only experience are not appropriate for this position.

Requirement: Must be US Citizen or permanent resident.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Angela Bradbury: angela.bradbury@uphs.upenn.edu

Research Scientist

The primary function is to manage and oversee the daily implementation and operations of a new multicenter NIH funded study and to assist in overall budget management and dissemination of research findings across various NIH and non-NIH studies in Dr. Bradbury’s research program.

The RESPECT study is a recently funded NIH multisite study evaluating the outcomes of returning genetic research results to research participants. The Research Scientist will be responsible for (1) research study management and oversight, including coordination of participating sites (recruitment, enrollment and retention, maintenance of study related files including completed written informed consent, completed surveys and regulatory documents, (2) supervision of the research assistant and coordination of study staff at all sites, (3) supervision of data collection and entry, (4) preparation of data for analysis and presentation, (5) maintaining an up-to-date reference library related to study topics.

The Research Scientist will also be responsible for budget management and review of all Dr. Bradbury’s ongoing NIH and non-NIH funded studies, working closely with business associates and other relevant institutional offices. Additionally, she/he will assist in analysis, dissemination of research findings, manuscripts and grant preparation across various studies in Dr. Bradbury’s research program. 

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Angela Bradbury: angela.bradbury@uphs.upenn.edu

Health Policy Faculty Positions in Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania seeks candidates for several Full, Associate, and/or Assistant Professor positions in the tenure track. Rank will be commensurate with experience. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Deadline information: We will begin considering applications on November 18, 2013, and continue to do so until the positions are filled.

Applicants must have Ph.D. in Economics or allied field such as Public Policy or Health Services Research. The primary criterion for this position is excellence in research. Responsibilities include developing independent, extramurally funded research programs in health policy, health economics, or health outcomes. There will be some administrative and teaching responsibilities.

Applicants should submit online a curriculum vitae and three reference letters. Submission of a research paper is optional. Daniel Polsky, PhD, Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Penn is Chair of the Search Committee.

We seek candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense.

The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.