Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
08 May 2019
End of advertisement period
08 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.

Research specialist position available for a motivated individual wanting to conduct research under the supervision of the principal investigator. Projects in the lab center on understanding the genetic basis of sleep and sleep disorders using invertebrate animal model systems. This project will entail studies of C. elegans behavior and metabolism using genetic, molecular biology, and biochemical analysis tools in addition to extensive behavioral observations. In addition, lab maintenance tasks and ordering supplies and book keeping will be required. Attendance of research seminars and reading of scientific literature relevant to the research will be required.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

A Bachelor’s Degree in a biological or chemical science and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience working in a research lab. Experience with C. elegans is benefial. Applicants who have demonstrated outstanding achievements outside of research are encouraged to apply. Good communication skills,curiosity, enthusiasm for research, and self-motivation are important for this position.

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.