Research Specialist C - School of Medicine

Pennsylvania (US)
07 Jan 2019
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07 Mar 2019
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.

Under limited supervision, perform research experiments investigating the functioning of protein ion channels involved in cell signaling and human disease using biophysical and electrophysiological techniques, as well as related tasks. Perform electrophysiology experiments using patch clamp single-channel recording and other biophysical techniques. Perform analysis of electrophysiological recordings, including statistical analyses of the data using both custom-written and third-party software including IgorPro and Qub after being trained. Maintain and expand cultures of mammalian and insect cell lines. Monitor, maintain and organize reagents and laboratory supplies inventories to ensure adequate supplies for experiments (e.g. chemical and biological reagents, disposable wares, etc.); order supplies when necessary. Perform routine inspection of the laboratory, maintain accurate logs, write lab reports. Input computer data, organize and maintain computer data records. Design and trouble-shoot electrophysiological and biophysical experiments. Generate graphs and diagrams of publishable quality and contribute to preparation of scientific manuscripts and reports. Demonstrate techniques and train students and other lab members.

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific field and 3 years to 5 years of relevant laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required; Master’s degree preferred. Previous experience with electrophysiology strongly preferred; experience in biochemical and molecular and cellular biological techniques preferred including plasmid purification, restriction analyses, DNA sequencing, site-directed mutagenesis, cloning, viral transformation, expression in mammalian and insect cells, blotting techniques, cell fractionation, immunoprecipitation, and/ or immunolocalization. Must have strong organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be able to work independently and reliably.

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.