Research Specialist D, Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health

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

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.

Job Description

The Research Specialist D will be responsible for independently designing, performing and analyzing laboratory projects examining the effects of the microbiome on preterm birth. They will be a critical member of a small team completing experiments addressing the aims of a federally funded grant. They  will be required to manage mouse experiments, handle/care for pregnant mice and assist in survival surgeries. The specifics of our animal model will be taught. Proficiency in cellular and molecular techniques such as cell culture, functional assay developments, QPCR, ELISAs, western blotting and immunohistochemistry is required. The candidate must also exhibit excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Strong writing skills and the ability to analyze and present data clearly is necessary. The incumbent should be able to work independently and design, troubleshoot and complete experiments in a timely manner. They should be proficient in using computer-based systems including and not limited to Excel, Word and databases. The ability to work independently and with others is necessary.

Position is contingent upon funding.


Master' Degree with 3-5 years of related experience in research or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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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