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 Department of Cancer Biology is currently seeking an experienced cell and molecular biologist with comprehensive skills in mutli-color flow cytometry to conduct innovative experiments in breast cancer research. The individual will work independently as they process and analyze blood and bone marrow from patient samples as part of a large clinical study. The individual will actively engage in the experimental design, evaluation and execution of milt-colored flow cytometry and cell sorting strategies as well as tissue culture, and more specialized cellular technologies. The individual will be expected to learn and execute skills related to operation and maintenance of the sophisticated instrumentation required for the project. The individual will be expected to act as an integral part of the team and present their results in an organized and skillled manner. Hours will need to be flexible due to the unpredictability associated with surgical patients and the availability of certain equipment. The individual will also be expected to share in more common tasks of DNA/RNA isolation, cDNA/cRNA preparation, q-PCR, and immuno-fluorescent and histochemical microscopy.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, or a related field with 3 years to 5 years of research laboratory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience with multicolored flow cytometry and cell culture is required. The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and have the skill and confidence to work independently. Above average computer skills are required. Excellent communication, analytical, and organizational skills are essential, as well as keen attention to detail and the ability to multi-task in a fast paced work environment and the ability to adjust to a flexible work schedule. Experience in the following technical areas will also be useful: DNA/RNA isolation, cDNA/cRNA preparation, q-PCR, and immuno-fluorescent and histochemical microscopy.

Some of the work is done in the University’s flow cytometry core where certain rules and schedules must be followed. Flexibility of the work schedule will be necessary to accommodate patient scheduling and equipment availability.

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.