Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Philadelphia


Job location: St. Leonards Complex

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-12-03
Req: JR00013805
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Director, Research Support

Job Profile Title

Director, Research Support

Job Description Summary

The Director of Research Support will provide high quality research programs, analytics, applications, research replications, and related research tools to help the Wharton Research Data Sciences Research (WRDS) Community.

Job Description

Work with a team of Ph.D.’s and IT professionals with expertise in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Statistics, and Computer Science to help the Wharton Research Data Sciences Research (WRDS) Community by providing high quality research programs, analytics, applications, research replications, and related research tools. Advance on best practices of conducting empirical research with WRDS data. Act in a leading role in creating and delivery new financial and analytical products to academics and corporate customers that are specialized, complex, and based on academic research. Present analytics in a user-friendly format; assist WRDS users on research and data-related issues; and conduct academic and corporate training sessions for WRDS users around the world including scholars in finance, accounting, economics, and other business disciplines. Stay abreast of research at the frontier to help identify new finance research applications. Advise WRDS and Data and IT teams on data integrity processes to enhance current products and contribute to the design of new products and services to facilitate research accuracy and reliability. Conduct research and data-related academic training seminars for WRDS users.


Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Finance Accounting or related. The requirement of a Ph.D., usual for faculty recruiting, means that an applicant must have received the degree or be at least “ABD” meaning all requirements for the degree except the dissertation have been completed with an understanding that the dissertation would be completed in the same academic year.

- One year of experience doing empirical academic research with University of Chicago’s CRSP, and S&P’s COMPUSTAT financial databases
- One year of programming experience utilizing SAS and UNIX languages for academic research

Based on what we pay employees coming into this position, the pay range is $100,000-140,000, taking into consideration education and experience.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Wharton School

Pay Range

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres 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.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

  • access
  • accounting
  • education
  • unix