Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
28 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Org: DM-Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
Posted to the Web: 01/25/2019
Posted Job/Salary Grade: 026
Employment Type: Exempt
Hours: N/A
Position Type: Full Time
Position Schedule: 8:30-5:30
Months: 12
Position Length: Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date:   

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.

School/Center Overview    

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.


To provide general lab support and to carry out research in support for the lab’s microbiome programs: (1) Be responsible for all aspects of managing and processing tissue and other samples used in microbiome studies, including samples collected through the Penn/CHOP Microbiome Program Biospecimen Core. This will include interfacing with clinical personnel who have collected samples, overseeing sample management within the lab, and distribution to other lab members for projects. (2) General lab management including equipment maintenance, ordering, lab meeting organization, general personnel supervision, etc. (3) Independently carry out research involving microbiome analysis on clinical sample-based project as designated by the PI, including wet bench and bioanalytical components. (4) Assist other lab personnel with related research projects. (5) Be responsible for training new laboratory personnel (technician, grad student, postdoc, etc.) in relevant methodology, and provide in-lab supervision.


A Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years to 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

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.

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