Research Specialist

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

Org NE-Neurology
Posted to the Web 01/25/2019
Posted Job/Salary Grade 024
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8:30 - 5:00 pm
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding

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.


Primary duties include participation in brain autopsy, pathological diagnosis and neurodegenerative disease research on human brains. This includes performing immunohistochemical stains on brain sections, scanning and acquisition of digital images of sections and performing digital image analysis of neuropathological specimens (development and application of imaging threshold algorithms to detect neuropathology on images). Other duties include microtomy, microscopy, maintaining databases, equipment maintenance, ordering supplies and providing other necessary support for the day to day operation of the laboratory. Active participation in scientific projects by data organization and analysis is encouraged. Research Specialist A would assist at autopsy and perform necessary stains required for the patient diagnosis and the generation of the autopsy report.


BA/BS in scientific or related field and 0 to 1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience in histochemical techniques preferred. Requires self motivation, attention to detail, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to work in a professional team environment. Computer literacy, e.g. Microsoft Office. Position contingent upon funding.

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