Research Specialist, SEAS Bioengineering

Pennsylvania, United States
Tuesday, 5 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 5 March 2021
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

Penn Engineering’s world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer an experience that is unparalleled. Innovation and technology drive every program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning.

This Research Specialist's primary role is to use preclinical models concussion and perform molecular, immunohistochemical, and biochemical analysis of tissue damage after concussion. A secondary role is to develop new experimental protocols for assessing brain damage after concussion, and to develop computational models for predicting concussion risk.

Job Description

This Research Specialist in Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania will assess the extent of neurological damage in an in vivo/in vitro model of central nervous system injury; perform molecular, immunochemical and biochemical analysis of tissue damage; and maintain neural tissue culture. Additional responsibilities include assisting with supply and animal orders, maintaining protocol books, and helping to maintain equipment, supply inventory, and safety compliance in the lab. Develop new experimental protocols, and is responsible for working with collaborating laboratories to learn new methods, performing technically complex experiments, data acquisition and analysis, and maintaining data records. Participates in the writing of funding proposals, abstracts and papers.

This position is contingent on continued funding.


Bachelor's degree with related experience in research and clinical study methodologies. Good organizational and communication skills and good work ethic, and the ability to work independently with attention to detail. Preferred: Lab experience handling in cell culture, microbiology, molecular biology or physiology; some experience handling animals and experience tabulating and plotting data with Excel. Computer programming experience preferred.

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

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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.

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