Research Specialist D

Pennsylvania, United States
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 4 April 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

Initiate, contribute and manage development of multiple projects, devices and study protocols at direction of Principal Investigator. Leads research team to design and conduct qualitative research, instrument development projects which includes proposal development, research design, data collection, survey design, qualitative analyses, and report writing, to name a few. Develops literature, reports, manuscripts and publications to drive funding opportunities. Develops relationships with existing and potential funders, research partners, research sites, regulatory offices and affiliated organizations as part of stakeholder management. Responsible to train and supervise staff, interface with existing postdoctoral fellows and students in the laboratory.  Develop and implement all safety procedures in the lab including drafting and implementing new SOPs and protocols for general laboratory practices, in compliance with Safety regulations. Close partnership with Principal Investigator to ensure success of all researches/clinical studies.

Job Description

This position is contingent upon favorable funding.

Research Specialist D position will support the research mission of the Penn Cardiovascular Institute to aid faculty members throughout the University of Pennsylvania requiring assessment of small animal (mice, rats) models of cardiovascular disease. Mouse Phenotyping Core services will be provided by this position to Investigators across the University on a fee-for-service basis. We are seeking an experienced and highly-qualified individual who can perform echocardiography on rodent models.  In addition, experience in creating surgical animal models of cardiovascular disease (e.g. MI, pressure overload-induced heart failure, vascular injury) is desired.  The Research Specialist D will be part of a highly specialized team that will support high quality, reproducible animal models of disease, and be responsible for both strategic planning and day to day management of complex and broad range of  projects conducted with collaborators both internal and external to Penn. With mentoring from the Principal Investigator, the Research Specialist D will take a leadership role in developing study protocols, managing the detailed operations of projects, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and drafting/editing manuscripts along with collaborating laboratories.   He/she will help develop the team's research strategy and be required to ensure that studies/research are conducted safely and according to protocol.  The Research Specialist D will be responsible to ensure studies are scheduled appropriately and billed in a timely manner.


Master's Degree with 3-5 years of related experience in research, clinical study, project and people management or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less; Typically standing or walking

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.