Res Post Doc Fellow - Minds Matter Concussion Frontier Program

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Location: LOC_ROBERTS-Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research 

Req ID: 164317

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

About Us

We’re seeking breakthrough makers! Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was built on the belief that we can change lives. Today, in every role throughout our hospital, research institute and care network, the 22,000 members of our workforce are finding new ways – big and small – to make a difference for the patients and families we serve.

If you are ready to challenge yourself, be inspired and grow – no matter what your role – you just may be the kind of breakthrough maker who will thrive at CHOP.

Job Summary

Under the guidance of the faculty of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Minds Matter Concussion Frontier Program, the postdoctoral fellow (postdoc) will carry out research that advances knowledge focused on the development and assessment of objective physiological measures of brain function after concussion for children and adolescents. The field is currently limited by reliance on subjective and non-specific symptoms and in need of evolution to a more objective means by which to determine the presence of injury and the trajectory of recovery.  CHOP is pioneering objective measures of injury and dysfunction.  The successful candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of injury scientists including sports and emergency medicine physicians, neurologists, epidemiologists, bioengineers, and nurses at CHOP’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP).  As an integral member of this interdisciplinary research team, the postdoc will have opportunities to lead advanced data analysis using existing data collected prospectively from ongoing funded studies. This data collection is embedded within clinical settings including CHOP Sports Medicine clinic and Emergency Department (for injured youth) and through partnerships with schools and athletic departments (for healthy athletes).  These opportunities include but are not limited to (1) analysis of diverse measures of neurophysiology post injury to determine which measures or suite of measures are most diagnostically sensitive to concussion and prognostic of adverse long term outcomes in adolescents, (2) development of a personalized medicine approach to concussion management through advanced machine learning and related analytical techniques, and (3) quantification of the effect of a season of sport on measures of neurofunction.
The postdoc experience will serve to extend, refine, and enhance skills necessary for professional and career development and will enable the individual to broaden his/her scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities. It is expected that this individual will conduct independent scholarly research and will contribute directly to the overall research goals of the Minds Matter research group.  During the course of the position, the postdoc will be expected to contribute to composition and submission of grants, to supervise junior team members, and to publish his/her research.  Opportunities for submission of a career development award will be emphasized.  The postdoc will be expected to participate in project planning, interpretation/ evaluation of data, and communication of results. They will be trained in a comprehensive and unique outreach approach by the CIRP Outreach and Advocacy team embedded within CIRP.  The postdoc will also be expected to acquire technical, advanced data analysis, and manuscript/grant writing skills and participate in seminars, lectures, poster sessions, and presentations at national meetings.  The postdoctoral fellow also may be required to develop new methods and protocols for research and assist with the development of other research projects for the Minds Matter team.


Job Responsibilities

  1. Conduct independent scholarly research and develop new methods and protocols
  2. Participate in project planning, recording and evaluation of data
  3. Acquire technical, lab management and grant writing skills
  4. Participate in seminars, lectures, poster sessions and presentation at national meetings
  5. Supervise junior lab members
  6. Assist with other research projects

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Required Education and Experience

  • A terminal degree PhD, MD, DVM, etc.
  • According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing
  • Strong experience in advanced quantitative methods of multivariate predictive analytics, including machine learning techniques
  • Ability to design and conduct data analysis for cross-sectional and longitudinal studies
  • Proven ability and experience in R, SAS or other statistical software packages
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Speak fluently in English

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

  • Experience in concussion research or injury science
  • Disciplines of focus include but are not limited to Epidemiology, Public Health, Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy

Additional Technical Requirements

Our ideal candidate is mature and motivated with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. This position requires excellent written and oral commination skills, thoroughness, organization, and attention to detail. In addition, the candidate needs to demonstrate ability to work well both as part of a team and independently. Applicants should have high computer proficiency with specific knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Prior experience with RedCAP, statistical software (e.g., SAS), and qualitative software (e.g., NVivo) is preferred. Applicants must be able to multitask, follow instructions, and demonstrate dependability. Our ideal candidate has prior experience with qualitative research, including working with focus groups, as well as quantitative research.

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19. This mandate also applies to workforce members performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates.

CHOP also requires all workforce members who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons.

Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.

EEO / VEVRAA Federal Contractor


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

Job Segment: Emergency Medicine, Embedded, Data Analyst, Testing, Healthcare, Technology, Research, Data