Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Org GE-Genetics
Posted to the Web 01/28/2019
Posted Job/Salary Grade 024
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time Position
Schedule 8-5
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.


The Korb Lab is seeking a Research Specialist with lab manager responsibilities and the chance to participate in ongoing research projects with direct mentorship from Dr. Korb. The lab works on neuroscience and epigenetics with the goal of understanding how epigenetic regulation of gene expression contributes to learning, memory, and neurodevelopmental disorders. This position will help with general lab organization as well as participate in ongoing research projects. The major responsibilities include ordering lab supplies and general lab organization. In addition, some mouse breeding and colony management will be needed. 

Depending on the experience and the interests of the Research Specialist, additional activities can include actively participating in ongoing research projects and running experiments. These activities can range from using techniques such as PCR, RNA isolation and analysis, neuronal cell culture, chromatin-immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence and microscopy, mouse behavioral testing, next generation sequencing sample preparation, bioinformatic analysis, and more.


Required qualifications:

Applicants should have a BA or BS degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Proficient in Microsoft office suite applications. 

Preferred qualifications:

Prior wet lab research experience in molecular biology techniques, mouse handling, and cell culture.

Affirmative Action Statement

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