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Research Assistant - Cannabis Study 

Three (3) research assistants will assist investigators from PCOM's School of Professional and Applied Psychology (clinical department) with a three-year study of outcomes in individuals beginning medical cannabis therapy. Funding of these positions are contingent upon the continued funding of the grant/contract.

The positions will require full-time, remote work at one of three medical cannabis dispensary study sites in Enola, PA (1 position), Chambersburg, PA (1 position) and East York, PA (1 position). Travel to internal study meetings at PCOM will be required at times.

This position is based at PCOM (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Screen, recruit and get consent from study participants.
  • Work with dispensary staff to identify potential participants.
  • Obtain study-related data from participant dispensary records.
  • Schedule study visits.
  • Collect study-related interviews, surveys, weights/heights and assessments.
  • Enter data.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Prepare materials for submission to external funding sources.
  • Prepare materials for IRB review.
  • Maintain study databases and participant tracking systems.
  • Request or acquire equipment, surveys or supplies necessary for the project.
  • Attend project meetings.
  • Attend site visits and other meetings as necessary.
  • Prepare reports for study investigators and funders.
  • Participate in study-related peer-reviewed publications.
  • Monitor the project budget.
  • Perform related responsibilities as required.

Position Requirements

*Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. and pass a criminal background check.
  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, public health or a related field.
  • Additional site-specific requirements may apply.
  • Note: An approved CAS Exception is required for anyone who is charged to a federal grant or contract under this job code.
  • One year of undergraduate or professional research experience, or an equivalent combination of experience, education and training.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
  • Research protocols
Working Conditions
  • Mild physical work: Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and drive/commute to study sites.

Application Instructions

All inquiries MUST include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • A minimum two-year commitment is preferred. Please indicate in your cover letter which site(s) you are applying for (Enola, Chambersburg or East York).

PCOM is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration. We adhere to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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