Research Specialist A

Pennsylvania, United States
15 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 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.

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

A laboratory in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine and Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a highly motivated and organized Research Specialist. The research interests of our laboratory lie at the intersection of cancer biology, signal transduction, and metal homeostasis. Our lab seeks to unravel the complete framework of metal integration into signaling networks during normal physiology and in the context of tumorigenesis by utilizing a multidisciplinary approach from in vivo mouse models of cancer, biochemistry, molecular biology, and pharmacological interventions.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, enthusiastic, and have excellent organization skills. Prior research experience is required. Experience with cell culture, biochemical techniques, molecular biology, techniques, cell biology techniques, and mouse husbandry is a plus, but is not required. We will consider candidates who are seeking a temporary position (minimum 2 years strongly preferred) before applying to graduate or medical school, as well as those looking for long-term specialist positions. Qualified individuals will be expected to maintain mouse colonies, oversee general lab operations, and assist other lab personnel with experimental procedures and analysis. Additional duties include but are not limited to: mouse husbandry, DNA preparation, RNA isolation, protein purification and preparation, PCR-based genotyping, RT-PCR, Western Blotting, molecular subcloning cell culture, immunofluorescence, and live cell imaging.


Bachelor's Degree with 0-1 year of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies

Working Conditions

Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or le

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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