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

Research Specialist B - This is a technical research support position in a molecular biology and stem cell laboratory. The individual will be required to perform various tissue culture and molecular biology experiments (western blotting, flow cytometry, DNA sequencing, qPCR, immunofluorescence staining, and microscopy) and perform procedures on small animals (mice) to measure visual function. The individual must be capable of independent work and be able to work within a group. Good communication skills are essential. Data analysis, short-term project planning, and careful record keeping are of great importance. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in molecular biology, microscopy, and mouse husbandry.

Job Description

Research Specialist B - Carry out experiments under supervision, including data analysis, interpretation, and troubleshooting; Generate and maintain mouse models of retinal disease; Isolate DNA, RNA, and protein from cell populations and analyze using standard molecular biology techniques (western blot, qPCR, FACS); Perform testing of visual function in mice (pupillometry, electroretinography); Perform immunofluorescence staining of retinal sections with confocal microscopy; Statistical and data analysis (including the use of ImageJ, Prism, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator); General laboratory and equipment maintenance, reagent ordering, and record keeping.

Position is contingent on funding.


Bachelors Degree and 1-3 years of experience or equivlent combination education and experience required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Prelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

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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