Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
Monday, 1 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Contract Type
Part Time

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Posted Job Title

Part-time Temporary Research Specialist A - Dr. Elizabeth Lennon's Lab

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist A-01

Job Description Summary

We are seeking a motivated, organized, and energetic temporary Research Technician at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Lennon.

You will work in a supportive, team-based atmosphere in a small, growing group dedicated to studying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which affects people as well as dogs and cats. We are a comparative and translational laboratory using in vitro and murine models, as well as clinical samples from dogs with naturally-occurring IBD. Our ultimate goal is to discover new treatments for IBD that will improve quality of life for people and pets with this debilitating disease: One Health, One Medicine.

Our group is particularly interested in mast cells, best known for their role in allergy and anaphylaxis, but which also function to dampen inflammation. We are investigating their role in tissue repair and wound healing to discover novel treatments for IBD. You will be responsible for performing and organizing laboratory experiments to more fully define anti-inflammatory and pro-healing properties of mast cells in a cutting-edge research environment based in one of America’s most vibrant, exciting metropolitan hubs.

Our group actively participates in immunology and gastroenterology graduate groups and NIH-funded centers the University of Pennsylvania, including the Immunology Graduate Group and Institute for Immunology, the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group, and the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases.

The temporary Research Technician will be given the opportunity to lead and contribute to projects, and authorship on scientific manuscripts is expected.

Job Description

The successful candidate will be able to work independently and will be thorough and efficient in planning and carrying out experimentation. Troubleshooting and redesigning experiments will be expected, and a knowledge of proper experimental controls is necessary. This position requires assisting graduate students and postdoctoral students with their research studies. Additionally, the candidate may assist with animal husbandry and genotyping for some of our key genetic strains. The successful candidate will have excellent intrapersonal skills and will be comfortable working collaboratively with students, research assistants, and principal investigators.


A bachelor’s degree is required. We are looking for an enthusiastic, driven individual who has an understanding of and experience in protein analysis (Western blot, immunofluorescence, ELISA, multicolor flow cytometry), primary cell culture, molecular biology (mRNA isolation, qPCR), and animal handling, or motivation and willingness to learn these techniques. Veterinary experience is not necessary. Willingness to receive and process clinical samples for research purposes, including evening and weekend work as needed. Computer literacy. Experience with R Statistical Software is a benefit but is not required. Ability to analyze and troubleshoot experimental conditions. Strong communication and organizational skills, strict attention to detail, and the ability to work independently in a collaborative environment.

This is a temporary part-time position for 20 hours per week.

Applications must include:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. A letter of intent indicating research interests and career goals.


  • Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Lennon, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine at
  • Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range

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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.