Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
23 May 2019
End of advertisement period
23 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 University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, the School is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

We are seeking a highly motivated cell/molecular biologist with strong background in protein biochemistry to carry out experiments in the Eye Research Lab focused on understanding the molecular basis of inherited retinal disorders and development of animal models for translational research in ophthalmology. Prior experience working with cell/tissue cultures, small animals handling, and protein assays are preferred. Primary tasks will include all standard molecular and cellular biological techniques, such as PCR, qRT-PCR, Western blot, fixed tissues sectioning, immunohistochemistry, and maintaining of cell cultures. Attention to detail and desire to obtain quality results are essential, as are good written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s optional) in Molecular Sciences or related fields of Biochemistry, Genetics or Cell Biology, and experience in the laboratory settings are required; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience with cell cultures, small animals handling, and protein biochemistry are preferred. Familiarity with standard molecular techniques and basic computer programs are expected

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.