Research Specialist A

Pennsylvania, United States
03 May 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2019
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.

This position has two equal components, each of which supports Thoracic Oncology (Lung Cancer) Translational Center of Excellence. The first component includes providing research support in the Circulating Tumor Material laboratory, and the second component research support for thoracic oncologists and clinical research coordinators in the lung cancer clinic.

Circulating Tumor Material Laboratory research support (50%): In the lab, the position will support the Thoracic Oncology (Lung Cancer) Translational Center of Excellence by performing sample receiving, processing, storage, and shipment to study collaborators. This individual will assist in conducting experiments aimed at interrogating patient samples to optimize approaches for the isolation and evaluation of circulating tumor material. The candidate will be asked to learn to run a flow cytometer and CellSearch machine for the analysis and capture of circulating tumor cells (CTCs). The individual will also assist the other research specialist in the daily functions of the laboratory. This person may assist the other research specialists in extracting genetic material from captured CTCs and conduct downstream molecular analysis in collaboration with the Center for Personalized Diagnostics and other on-campus sequencing cores. Given the highly collaborative nature of this work and the need for coordination with multiple clinical trial investigators, excellent organization and communication skills are critical. Responsibilities will also include some administrative duties such as ordering of lab supplies, monitoring and calibration of equipment, and organization of data collected on clinical samples. This cutting edge work will be done in a highly collaborative manner together with laboratories in the Department of Pathology, and physician scientists in the Penn School of Medicine. No animal research.

Lung Cancer Clinic (50%): In the clinic, the candidate will provide research support for the Thoracic Oncology (Lung Cancer) Translational Center of Excellence by assisting the thoracic oncologists and clinical research coordinators with initiating and conducting participant screening and recruitment. The candidate will also coordinate with clinical teams to arrange the study participants’ procedures essential to both the clinical and research procedures. The candidate will attend the procedures to procure study specimens and will be responsible for data entry into various databases including but not limited to REDCap, VELOS, and Excel. The candidate will have the primary role in the abstraction of medical record information from subject’s electronic medical records, interviews and/or questionnaires for entry into the study research databases, and actively track all enrolled study participants for follow up.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

A Bachelor’s Degree and at least 0 – 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. Proficiency in some of the skills listed above highly desirable. Demonstrated communication and organizational skills required.

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.