Research Specialist A, Perelman School of Medicine

Pennsylvania, United States
28 Oct 2018
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28 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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.

Penn Engineering’s world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer an experience that is unparalleled. Innovation and technology drive every program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning.

Working at Penn Engineering, Bioengineering Department, in Dr. Meaney’s lab, the primary role of the research specialist is to use preclinical models concussion and perform molecular, immunohistochemical, and biochemical analysis of tissue damage after concussion. A secondary role is to develop new experimental protocols for assessing brain damage after concussion, and to develop computational models for predicting concussion risk. Responsible for working with collaborating laboratories to learn new methods, performing technically complex experiments, data acquisition and analysis, and maintains data records. Responsible for inventory of lab supplies and general maintenance of equipment. Participates in the writing of funding proposals, abstracts and papers.
Position is contingent on continued funding.

A Bachelor’s Degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Good organizational, communication skills, and work ethic; ability to work independently with attention to detail. Preferred lab experience handling in cell culture, microbiology, molecular biology or physiology, some experience handling animals and experience tabulating and plotting data with Excel. Computer programming experience preferred.

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