Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
07 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.

A well-established lab in the Perelman School of Medicine is seeking a Research Specialist A to assist with cell culture and small molecule screening; experience working with mass spectrometry is preferred. The ideal candidate for this position will be a well-organized individual who is eager to learn screening methodologies and general research techniques. The primary role for this position is to test compounds via GC/MS, and to assist in the characterization of identified compounds. The candidate will train to become responsible for experiments and may need to work unsupervised on weekends. Duties also include maintaining a detailed lab notebook, preparing samples for GCMS, PCR, and western analysis, participating in discussions about experimental data, assisting with general lab responsibilities as needed. This position is well-suited for recent graduate (BS) who is looking for lab experience before moving on to graduate school or medical school.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

Bachelor’s degree and 0-1 year of directly related research experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 1-2 years of experience preferred. Must have strong organizational skills, good written and oral communication skills, and be able to work independently. The ideal candidate for this position will be a well-organized individual who is eager to learn screening methodologies and general research techniques.

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.