Research Specialist C

Pennsylvania, United States
23 Oct 2018
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23 Dec 2018
Contract Type
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.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

The Department of Cancer Biology is seeking an experienced Molecular Biologist with proven bench skills to provide technical support to projects involving advanced experiments in breast cancer research. The laboratory focuses on the roles of tumor suppressor genes, oncogenes, and other signaling pathways involved in tumor initiation, progression, dormancy, and metastasis. The approaches we take range from mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, biochemistry to mouse genetics. The job will include a combination of independent and team driven projects. Special emphasis is placed on techniques such as cloning, virus packaging, qPCR, Western blot, protein purification, nucleic acid isolation/purification, and tissue culture. Proficiency with performing Western blots is required and experience with protein purification and biochemical assays is preferred. Mastery of other techniques such as tissue culture, cloning, qPCR, virus packaging, and nucleic acid purification are also required. Experience in microscopy, immunofluorescence, and immunohistochemistry, is highly desirable. This individual may also be expected to help train colleagues and to mentor more junior colleagues.

A Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Mastery of techniques such as tissue culture, cloning, virus packaging, qPCR, Western blot, protein purification, nucleic acid isolation/purification, and tissue culture are required. The candidate should be detail oriented and highly motivated to learn new techniques. The candidate must also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be highly organized, and computer literate.

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.