Research Specialist A

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.

Candidate will work as a member of a team assisting in neurodegenerative disease research using both established and novel techniques. Main duties include assisting in survival and non-survival small-animal surgeries, husbandry and monitoring of transgenic mouse lines, performing tissue culture, and collecting biological samples and dissecting tissues for further analysis by biochemical and immunohistochemical techniques. Experience working with rodents is essential while knowledge of standard techniques in biochemistry, molecular biology, and histology are highly desirable. Candidate must be able to work independently as well as part of an active team. Candidate must be highly organized and capable of working on multi-disciplinary projects. Multi-tasking is key and other duties will include maintenance of equipment, preparation of stock laboratory reagents, and keeping an organized, up to date laboratory notebook. Candidate will be expected to attend regular laboratory meetings and activities of the Center.

Research Specialist A: BA/BS in Biology/Neuroscience or related field and 0-1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Prior lab experience preferred.
Experience working with rodents is essential while knowledge of standard techniques in biochemistry, molecular biology, and histology are highly desirable. Must have strong organizational skills, good written and oral communication skills, and must be reliable; ability to coordinate several projects concurrently is essential. Willingness to learn new techniques is an asset. Candidate must be able to work in a team environment and must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.

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.