Research Specialist A/B

Pennsylvania, United States
22 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
22 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 Profile Title

Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary

Research Specialist will work with a team of researchers to elucidate mechanisms of epigenetic misregulation in cancer, and find ways to harness this information as potential therapeutic targets. A potential candidate will be part of goal-oriented and enthusiastic team and will be responsible to handle cell cultures and perform various molecular biology experiments (e.g. CRISPR genome editing, gene cloning, wester blotting, qPCR). Ability to analyze data, plan individual experiment, and maintain records are of great importance. This position is contingent on funding.

Job Description

Research Specialist A will closely collaborates with students, postodcs, and principle investigator on planning, execution and documentation of experiments based on established protocols.

Research Specialist B will undertake the duties outlined for the Research Specialist A position, with the additional expectation that the candidate will conduct more complex experiments to answer research questions in addition to employing established methods. 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.

If you are interested, our lab also provides training opportunities for bioinformatics.


Research Specialist A: Bachelor's degree with O-1 years of related experience in research methodologies

Research Specialist B: Bachelor's degree in Life sciences with 1-3 years of experience in research methodologies

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

$32,000.00 - $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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