Product Development Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00
05 May 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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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

Product Development Research Specialist C

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist C

Job Description Summary

The Product Development Research Specialist C will provide support for multiple research projects related to improving gene/cell therapy product development in the Center for Cellular Immunotherapy (CCI) at the University of Pennsylvania.

Job Description

This individual will report directly to the Associate Director of Product Development and be responsible for development and implementation of assays supporting all the research activities at the Product Development Laboratory (PDL). Primary duties will include the development and implementation of high quality polychromatic flow cytometry and cell-based assays, clinical-scale cell processing for the isolation, transduction, expansion, formulation and cryopreservation of human T cells. During the process of cell culture, aseptic sterile techniques and universal blood precautions will be observed. This individual also performs mouse experiments to assess anti-tumor function including animal handling, injection and imaging. Additional responsibilities will include the development and qualification/validation of standard operating procedures (SOPs), performance of assays, data analysis and presentation of data, laboratory management duties including materials and equipment management, training others in techniques and procedures, and interactions with vendors. Experience with polychromatic flow cytometry, general laboratory operations, and the handling and processing of primary clinical samples, animal experience are preferred for this position. Finally, the Product Development Research Specialist C will undertake cross-functional engagement with the Cell and Vaccine Production Facility (CVPF) and Translational and Correlative Sciences (TCSL) teams for translation of new processes/genetically-engineered cellular products to the clinic.

Position contingent upon funding.


  • B.S  biological science
  • 3 to 5 years experience in a laboratory environment or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong organizational skills.


  • M.S. biological sciences
  • Experience with GLP/GMP/GxP laboratory operation

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

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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.