Research Specialist A/B

Pennsylvania, United States
23 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Aug 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Profile Title

Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary

A laboratory in Department of Cancer Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a highly motivated, skilled, and organized research specialist. The lab investigates the molecular and cellular basis of diseases, especially cancer and neurodegeneration.

Job Description

The research specialist A will (1) Participate in research projects using a range of techniques including molecular biology, biochemistry, cell culture, animal models; (2) Function as lab manager and assist PI in overseeing the operation of the lab, (3) Write animal protocols, manage the animal colonies, including breeding and genotyping mice, and train students and other scientists for animal-related work, (4) Assist PI, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows with experimental procedures and analysis.

The research specialist B, in addition to the above mentioned duties, will also lead projects within lab.


Research Specialist A: Bachelor's Degree with 0-1 year of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Research Specialist B: Bachelor's Degree with 1-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

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

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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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