Research Specialist B, Perelman School of Medicine

Pennsylvania, United States
28 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
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.

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.

We are seeking to hire a Research Specialist in the laboratory of Dr. Jay Gottfried at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The successful applicant will join a team of researchers investigating the anatomical, physiological, and functional foundations of the sense of smell. The main role of the research specialist will be to process histological specimens of human olfactory tissue, using procedures including (but not limited to): preparing and freezing tissue; sectioning tissue on a cryostat; fluorescent immunohistochemistry; microscope imaging; and image analysis. Flexible hours are requested since tissue collection may sometimes occur in the morning, evening, or weekend hours. Other activities will include creating graphs, reports, and summaries for use in publications, professional journals, and grant applications; creating and maintaining lab manuals; completing portions of grant applications and/or documents; performing scientific literature searches in support of research; and performing other duties as assigned.

A Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Molecular or Cell Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field, and 0 to 1 years of neurobiology wet-lab experience including animal or human histology methods (e.g., tissue sectioning, staining, microscopy, imaging), or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience required.
Prior neuroscience research experience carrying out molecular, genetic, physiological, or anatomical studies would be useful but not essential. We are looking for an individual with excellent time management and organizational skills, with an attention to detail, and with an ability to facilitate open and effective communication, cooperation, and teamwork.

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.