Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
Thursday, 24 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

Job Description Summary

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

The Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care (PACC) at Penn Medicine provides comprehensive care for adults with a wide range of disorders. Our physicians apply the latest scientific and medical advances for treatment and conduct ongoing research to develop new strategies for the prevention, detection and treatment of respiratory and allergic diseases as well as critical illness. Our extensive research efforts range from basic scientific investigations to understand why a disease occurs to translating these important observations into potentially new treatment approaches focused on improving patient-centered outcomes.
Job Description

The goal of this position is to provide technical support for ongoing lung transplantation, pulmonary and critical care projects. The candidate will be required to perform sample management duties and research experiments using molecular biology, biochemistry and molecular biology methods. The candidate should have a background in basic and molecular biology. Other necessary skills include the ability to document results, process and report data, and partake in overall lab operating procedures and maintenance. 

Plans and conducts basic experiments to meet research project objectives, with close supervision. Assists in performing laboratory experiments and clinical studies for product or material formulation and development. Daily management of laboratory tool, documentations and processes to ensure regulatory compliance and timely completion of project/program deliverables. Closely collaborates with Senior Research Specialists and Principal Investigator (PI) on experimental/clinical work set ups in accordance to established protocols.

Independently perform standard assays including ELISA, immunoblotting and flow cytometry. Prepare samples for mass spectroscopy.

Organization and storage of samples for multiple studies including multi-sites studies where our lab is the data coordinating center. Tasks include receiving shipments from multiple centers, inventorying, scanning samples into our laboratory information management system, pulling samples for analysis, and shipment of samples to external collaborators.

Perform molecular biology techniques including RNA and DNA extraction, RT-PCR, and genotyping.

Process human biospecimens from cohort studies including but not limited to plasma, serum, and urine. Processing tasks include centrifugation and alliquoting specimens for storage according to study protocols.

Perform laboratory maintenance activities such as freezer and equipment maintenance.

Document data, analyze data, and optimize and troubleshoot procedures for experiments designed by the study principal investigator.

Perform other duties as assigned

Position Contingent on Continued Funding.


Bachelor's Degree with 0-1 year of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Working Conditions

Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$35,568.00 - $57,600.00

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.