Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
10 May 2019
End of advertisement period
10 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.

We are seeking a Research Specialist D to work in the Cardiovascular Institute at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The Research Specialist D will oversee day-to-day operations in the lab in an independent and responsible manner. In addition, he/she will assist with the overall project management in an active and vibrant laboratory and will have the opportunity to manage small projects or components of larger research projects. The individual will provide interpretation and analysis of experimental results, troubleshoot problems and develop solutions to technical problems of moderate scope, and other related duties and tasks. Experience and skills in molecular and cellular biology techniques (qRT-PCR, western blotting, and maintenance of primary and transformed cell lines) and the use of small animal models are preferred.

The role of this position also includes overseeing lab inventory, interfacing with vendors and service providers to maintain lab equipment and ensuring lab compliance to all NIH and Penn regulations, and oversight and optimization of lab operations including maintenance of IACUC protocols, chemical inventory, regulatory licenses, and preparation of MTAs prior to shipment of reagents. He/she will help provide supervision and mentorship to lab technicians (including annual evaluations), undergraduate and graduate students, and will act as Hiring Manager for the laboratory.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

Masters Degree with a major in a science field such as chemistry, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, physics or related field and 3-5 years of hands-on laboratory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. The successful candidate must possess extensive experience in cell culture, molecular and cell biology techniques and previous experience with Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS), qRT-PCR, immunocytochemistry, western blotting, and maintenance of primary and transformed cell lines. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and understand of scientific literature are required. Familiarity with computer programs including MS Office. Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently is necessary. The successful candidate will thrive in a team environment and is eager to learn new methodologies.

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.