Research Technician Laboratory

Pennsylvania, United States
27 May 2019
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27 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 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.


This position assists pathologists in autopsy (systematic dissection) of animals including domestic and wild mammals, reptiles and birds for diagnostic purposes, as well as the general operation of the autopsy and biopsy services. Interaction with veterinary clinicians and students, and other New Bolton Center services is common. This position requires a collegial, detail-oriented individual who is not squeamish. In addition to assisting in dissection, responsibilities include tissue collection/disposal, processing tissues for further testing, data entry/data retrieval, and cleaning/upkeep of the postroom facilities and equipment. Additional responsibilities will include periodic courier service to laboratories on the New Bolton Center (NBC) Campus, NBC satellite facilities or local ‘outside’ laboratories within a 50-mile radius of NBC campus.


A Bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry or related field is required, and applicants having familiarity with domestic and/or wild animals will be preferred; and 0 to 1 year of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Prophylactic vaccination for Rabies Virus is also required (cost compensated by the laboratory). Applicants must be willing and able to drive a university-owned vehicle, to safely operate hand and power-tools (eg bow saw, commercial-grade band saw, mechanical hoist), and be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Work schedule – 9:00a – 5:00p with some flexibility. Position contingent upon funding.

Affirmative Action Statement    

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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.