Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
20 May 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
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.

School/Center Overview    

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 laboratory in the Department of Cancer Biology and the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute is seeking a highly motivated and organized Research Specialist A. The research interests of our laboratory lie at the intersection of cancer biology, signal transduction, and metal homeostasis. Our lab seeks to unravel the complete framework of metal integration into signaling networks during normal physiology and in the context of tumorigenesis by utilizing a multidisciplinary approach from in vivo mouse models of cancer, biochemistry, molecular biology, and pharmacological interventions.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, enthusiastic, and have excellent organization skills. Prior research experience is required. Experience with cell culture, biochemical techniques, molecular biology, techniques, cell biology techniques, and mouse husbandry is a plus, but is not required. We will consider candidates who are seeking a temporary position (minimum 2 years strongly preferred) before applying to graduate or medical school, as well as those looking for long-term specialist positions. Qualified individuals will be expected to maintain mouse colonies, oversee general lab operations, and assist other lab personnel with experimental procedures and analysis. Additional duties include but are not limited to: mouse husbandry; DNA preparation; RNA isolation; protein purification and preparation; PCR-based genotyping; RT-PCR; Western Blotting; molecular subcloning; cell culture; immunofluorescence; and live cell imaging.


Bachelor’s Degree in a science related field and 0 to 1 year of prior laboratory experience in some area of biological sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Exceptional organization skills, willingness to work with mice, desire to work as part of a dynamic research environment individually and in a team. Prior experience with cell culture, biochemical techniques, molecular biology techniques, cell biology techniques, and mouse husbandry is preferred, but is not required.

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Special Requirements  

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.