Research Specialist A/B

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

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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.

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary

Plans and conducts basic experiments to meet research project objectives, with close supervision. Assists in performing laboratory experiments and clinical studies for product or material formulation and development. Daily management of laboratory tool, documentations and processes to ensure regulatory compliance and timely completion of project/program deliverables. Closely collaborates with Senior Research Specialists and Principal Investigator (PI) on experimental/clinical work set ups in accordance to established protocols.

Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic individual that is excited about doing a combination of bench work and clinical-translational research involving patients. This individual should be interested in a career in science or medicine. The research specialist will be working closely with the Principal Investigator and other lab members on publication-generating projects. The research specialist will work with cutting-edge molecular techniques and immunology approaches to understand the autoimmune pathology in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It is expected that the research specialist will develop a high level of independence, and be able to take a lead on projects. The research specialist will work in an environment that is team-oriented, where creativity, enthusiasm and dedicated effort are highly rewarded.

The Research Specialist A position will assist in the characterization of the immunologic phenotype of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Assist with the characterization of these samples using sophisticated methodologies that examine cells at a single cell level. Work cooperatively with laboratory members and collaborate with other groups (both laboratory and clinical) on campus. Responsible for general laboratory duties/responsibilities. Multi-tasking is important.

The Research Specialist B position will undertake the duties outlined for the Research Specialist A position, with the additional expectation that the candidate will develop novel solutions to research questions in addition to employing established methods. Moreover, it is expected that the Research Specialist B candidate will have a greater laboratory experience than the Research Specialist A candidate, such that s/he can make greater contributions to more complex questions, and is expected to perform more independently.

Position is contingent on continued funding.


Research Specialist A: BA/BS in Science and 0 to 1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Research Specialist B: BA/BS in Science and a minimum of 1-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Both positions: A basic understanding of immunology is required. Experience with general laboratory techniques is required. Good verbal and written communication skills and ability to work with other people as a team are required. Excellent organizational and record keeping skills are necessary.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

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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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