Research Specialist B/C, Perelman School of Medicine

Philadelphia, United States
24 Jan 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

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.

Posted Job Title
Research Specialist B/C

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist B

Job Description

The research requires basic knowledge of multiple scientific disciplines including molecular and cell biology, virology, immunology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology. Our major goals are to increase scientific knowledge in human autoimmunity and viral immunity fields. Research performed ranges from basic research to conducting pre-clinical research. Our research is carried out using human and non-human primate blood and organs. Research Specialist will be involved in planning, conducting and analyzing experiments aimed to evaluate the immune response to autoantigens and viruses. Research specialist will perform experiments related to the analyses of T and B cell immune responses in animal models including human samples. These studies involve tissue processing, isolation of lymphocytes, immunological assays, flow cytometry, cell sorting and molecular biology techniques such as: PCR, single cell PCR and RNAseq sample preparation. Research Specialist will carry out experiments independently or under the supervision of the lab PI or postdoctoral associates. Availability after standard working hours or on weekends is required. Both positions are contingent on funding.

Research Specialist C: independently design, perform and plan assigned experiments, develop standard protocols and troubleshoots experiments; analyze and interpret results including statistical analysis. Read relevant scientific literature and journals, share the results of research with colleagues through presentations and discussions, help in preparations of presentations and in writing of original manuscripts.


Research Specialist B : B.A./B.S in Biology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or in adjacent field and at least 1-3 years of post-degree bench laboratory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Research Specialist C : B.A./B.S in Biology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or in adjacent field and at least 3-5 years of post-degree bench laboratory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Both positions:

Strong scientific background, working knowledge of commonplace immunology, molecular and cell biology techniques (biochemical and cell based assays, animal); ability to learn new techniques; ability to follow existing protocols; ability to develop novel protocols and method; outstanding interpersonal interaction skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, problem recognition and solving, and organizational skills. Prior experience in the field of gene therapy is desirable.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

Affirmative Action Statement

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.

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.

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