Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
06 May 2019
End of advertisement period
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 Translational Neuropathology Research Laboratory’s (TNRL) mission is to increase the knowledge concerning the cause and cure of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal degeneration. TNRL is recruiting for a research specialist to perform research on novel strains of mice to understand how genetic mutation of a specific gene affects neurodegeneration. The candidate will learn to work with knock-in mouse models and will independently perform and analyze neuropathology and biochemistry assays. Additional opportunities to learn more advanced protein biochemistry or molecular techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 are available. Candidate is expected to maintain organized records including an up to date laboratory notebook, and will also handle a few administrative tasks including organizing/maintaining lab supplies. The candidate must be very organized and have good communication skills. Candidates interested in using this position as a prelude to graduate or medical school are encouraged to apply.

BA/BS in Biology/Biochemistry/Neuroscience or related field and 0-1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Prior lab experience is desirable but not necessary. Excellent organization skills and ability to communicate well with others is required. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Position contingent upon funding

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.