Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
06 May 2019
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06 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.

The Research Specialist A or B will play an important role in a lab studying cancer immunotherapy. The Research Specialist A will provide mouse colony management – management of pregnant and nursing females, weaning, identification and genotyping of pups, and monitor mice for health complications and communicate with animal care staff and veterinarian about affected animals. They will grow tumor cells in vitro, perform animal dissection, tissue harvest, and processing for downstream analysis, including molecular biology, flow cytometry, and histology readouts, and cell culture. The Research Specialist A will also perform subcutaneous tumor measurements with calipers, and after appropriate training, ultrasound detection and measurement of in situ tumors with ultrasound machine.

Along with the above duties, the Research Specialist B will also inject tumors subcutaneously, perform take down experiments independently, plan the breeding pair combinations and maintain mice specifically for breeding, and will also plan the flow panels, analyze the flow cytometry, and analyze histology.

Work will be done under the direct supervision of the principal investigator with guidance from graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in the lab. Opportunities will exist for the Research Specialist to present data at lab meetings and possibly obtain authorship on scientific manuscripts.

Research Specialist A: Bachelor’s Degree and 0- 1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Research Specialist B: Bachelor’s Degree and 1-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

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