Research Specialist B

Pennsylvania, United States
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 11 April 2021
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 University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, the School is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

The Research Specialist B will maintain laboratory organization and provide research support for a laboratory in the areas of immunology and cell biology. This includes tracking and maintaining lab supplies and inventory, as well as general lab organization and support, maintenance of lab equipment, and record keeping.  

Job Description

Research duties include tissue culture, basic molecular biology skills, PCR, flow cytometry, preparing stock solutions, rodent handling and general animal husbandry. Particularly important will be the handling of experimental animals, including breeding and assessing their health. Additionally, this individual will provide general laboratory organization and support with autoclaving, maintenance of laboratory equipment, preparing of stock solutions, and record keeping.  The employee will work with and provide research support for postdoctoral researchers and graduate students, including performing cellular, molecular and biochemical experiments under minimum supervision.


A Bachelor’s Degree in science is required and 1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.   Required skills include knowledge and technical expertise in handling of experimental research animals (mice) and familiarity with laboratory safety and standard techniques. Preferable skills include cell/tissue culture and flow cytometry.​ Position is contingent upon funding. A cover letter is required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  

Department / School

School of Veterinary Medicine  

Pay Range

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00  

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.