Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
04 May 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
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 A

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary

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.

Job Description

The Research Specialist A will conduct research and provide technical support to several projects studying the neuronal circuits for auditory perception and cognition using electrophysiological, optogenetic, imaging and behavioral methods in rodents.  The position requires basic knowledge of neuroscience, biology and chemistry.  Responsibilities include: behavioral training of rodents, assistance with electrophysiological, optogenetic and imaging experiments, maintaining a mouse colony, genotyping, immunohistochemistry of brain tissue, data analysis, organization and maintenance of laboratory logs, data curation and backup, laboratory maintenance.  Ability to keep accurate records and excellent organizational skills are essential. We are looking for a creative, friendly and responsible individual.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

A Bachelor's degree in life sciences or psychology and 0 to 1 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience are required. Must have strong organizational skills, good written and verbal communication skills, be able to learn new techniques and analytical methods, and must be a reliable and enthusiastic team player. Training and mentoring will be provided.

Working Conditions
Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety, Exposure to Chemicals

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$32,000.00 - $57,600.00

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.

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