Penn State University

Research Data Management Specialist - Public Health Sciences

Nov 15, 2023

College of Medicine



Job Description:

  • The Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA is seeking a Research Data Management Specialist to join its talented Data Management team. The Research Data Management Specialist will manage multiple datasets and corresponding documentation and collaborate with the research team (including other data management positions) to plan and implement data management procedures for multiple clinical research projects.
  • This position is approved to be fully remote.

Work Location:

  • Remote/Telework


  • Responsible for designing, testing, and maintaining data management applications and databases; developing data collection forms; creating and testing data quality checks; importing and exporting data; monitoring data quality; developing, executing, and distributing reports; and preparing manuals of operations procedure.
  • Provide training to research staff on data quality procedures, complete data verification and validation, as well as evaluate data management systems for quality improvement and efficiency.
  • Represent PHS Data Management during study team meetings, regularly informing project management of overall study data status and potential issues for resolution.
  • Identify potential project risks and corresponding solutions to complex data management requests.
  • May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the Unit’s Manager.

Required Knowledge/Experience:

  • B.S. or higher in information science, statistics or social, behavioral, or health sciences with proven analytic skills, and/or relevant work experience in data management, data processing, and/or clinical research
  • Proficient in REDCap, Zoom, and Microsoft Office Software (e.g., Teams) and readily adaptable to learning new software programs.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Comfortable working remotely with a team located throughout the U.S.
  • Ability to respond to emails, tickets, and/or phone calls in real-time during the DPHS core business hours (9:00 AM-3:00 PM EST)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a high level of responsiveness
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Proven ability to manage time effectively to manage multiple project timelines without losing sight of the high priority items
  • Attention to detail and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to secure and maintain a reliable internet connection

Typical Education & Experience

2+ years related experience

Bachelor’s Degree or higher

Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

This is a limited-term position funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility of refunding. 

The following clearances must be successfully completed for this position:  

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check  
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check


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