Research Specialist B

Pennsylvania, United States
16 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
16 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

A research specialist B is needed to run experiments investigating the evolution and biology of HIV and SIV. This position will support projects involving the isolation and characterization of HIV-1 and related simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) chimeras. This individual should understand DNA/RNA extraction cloning and genetic characterization. This individual should also know how to implement and troubleshoot PCR protocols including Single Genome Amplification, next generation sequencing library preparation, sequencing chemistries, and high throughput purification methods. Molecular biology techniques such as DNA/RNA purification, PCR, cloning, and western blotting will be used on a daily basis. Cell culture experience also preferred.

This position is contingent upon funding.


  • Single Genome Amplification
  • DNA Sequence Analysis
  • Molecular Cloning
  • Human and rhesus blood processing, cell isolation, and tissue culture
  • General biochemical laboratory methods and analyses
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


Bachelor's Degre and 1-3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

Affirmative Action Statement

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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.

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