Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
06 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 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 to hire a Research Specialist in the laboratory of Dr. Jay Gottfried at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The successful applicant will join a team of researchers investigating the neural foundations of the sense of smell using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and intracranial EEG (iEEG) methods. The main role of the Research Specialist will be to help support the different olfactory experiments, with tasks including (but not be limited to): preparing odor stimuli; setting up, operating and troubleshooting the odor delivery system; assisting with smell testing and MRI brain scanning in human participants; assisting with smell testing and MRI brain scanning in mice; coordinating with the clinical team to help obtain behavioral and iEEG data in epilepsy patients; and assisting with data pre-processing and analysis.

The ideal candidate would have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, preferably in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, Bioengineering, Computer Science, or a related field, and 0 to 1 year of laboratory experience in human or animal neuroscience and behavioral methods (e.g., fMRI, EEG, iEEG, local field potential recordings, single unit recordings), or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.

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.