Research Specialist

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Pennsylvania, United States
$35,568.00 - $57,600.00
05 May 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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/B

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

Under general supervision, the Research Specialist A/B will investigate the role of specific tumor virus genes and gene products in development of human cancers. To screen for microbial agents in human cancers and other diseases using micro-array and sequencing as well as immunological assays. Molecular biology techniques, biochemical assays and cell biological approaches will be pursued. Implement and perform assays on microarray and deep sequencing platforms. This individual will develop familiarity with outputs from several molecular assays, and combine these data sets with phenotypic data such as clinical outcomes. They will also be involved in management of the lab in terms of supplies and maintenance of equipment and other basic resources utilized by lab personnel. They will work with post-doctoral fellows and other trainees in executing experiments for ongoing projects.

In addition to the above responsibilities, the Research Specialist B is expected to develop novel solutions to research questions in addition to employing the established methods. Technology development and troubleshooting will be expected as well as independently planning experiments with minimal oversight.

Position is contingent on continued funding.


  • Research Specialist A- Bachelor's Degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Research Specialist B- Bachelor's Degree and 1 year to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Working Conditions
Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety

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
$35,568.00 - $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.

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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