Laboratory Services Assistant, Biomedical Sciences, Pathobiology

Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 08, 2020
End of advertisement period
Feb 08, 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 Laboratory Services Assistant position will work with the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology. The priority will be the maintenance of the gross anatomy laboratories and the postroom. The position will also provide support for teaching faculty involved with both areas.

Job Description

Responsibilities of the Laboratory Services Assistant include:

  • Maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory and Postroom
  • Helping with autopsies and dissections in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory and Postroom, both physically and in documentation of specimens.
  • Receiving, handling, storing, and disposing of specimens appropriately.
  • Maintaining the instruments and supplies in both the Gross Anatomy Laboratory and Postroom.   
  • Helping faculty, residents, interns, and students when applicable in both the Gross Anatomy Laboratory and Postroom. 
  • Organizing specimens and teaching materials, making them available for teaching faculty and students when needed. 


High School diploma or G.E.D and 1-2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. College degree is preferred.

Working Conditions

Requires extensive safety training; Exposure to chemicals; Alternative work schedules; Requires protective devices; Exposure to moving machinery.

Physical Effort

Frequent lifting 25 lb. or more; Occasional lifting 24-50 lb. Typically standing or walking; Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range

$15.44 - $26.25

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.