Research Specialist C

Pennsylvania, United States
24 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
24 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.

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

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

Job Description

This position has two components. The first component includes providing research support in the Circulating Tumor Material laboratory, and the second component research support for medical oncologists and clinical research coordinators in the pancreatic cancer clinic.

Laboratory (80%): In the lab, the candidate will support the Circulating Tumor Material laboratory by independently performing ELISAs. The candidate will record samples and results in the study databases, conduct preliminary analysis, and prepare summary figures, and text for manuscripts. The candidate will train new lab members and will assist other research specialists in the daily functions of the laboratory. This cutting edge work will be done in a highly collaborative manner together with laboratories in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and physician scientists in the Penn School of Medicine.

Clinic (20%): In the pancreatic cancer clinic, the candidate will provide research support by assisting the medical oncologists and clinical research coordinators with initiating and conducting participant screening and recruitment. The candidate will also coordinate with clinical teams to arrange the study participants’ procedures essential to both the clinical and research procedures. The candidate will attend the procedures to procure study specimens and will be responsible for data entry into various databases including but not limited to REDCap, VELOS, and Excel. The candidate will also independently design study databases and perform database quality-control with minimal supervision.

The candidate will have the primary role in the abstraction of medical record information from subject’s electronic medical records, interviews and/or questionnaires for entry into the study research databases, and actively track all enrolled study participants for follow up. The candidate will also independently perform sample receiving, processing, storage, and shipment to study collaborators. Given the highly collaborative nature of this work and the need for coordination with multiple clinical trial investigators, excellent organization and communication skills are critical.


  • A Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • A Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Previous research experience in performing ELISAs is preferred.
  • Previous experience performing circulating tumor material assays.
  • Previous experience as a clinical research coordinator independently recruiting, enrolling, and consenting study participants.
  • Proficiency in some of the skills listed above, including clinical research coordination, is highly desirable.
  • Computer proficiency, with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and REDCap is preferred. Previous experience with EPIC and chart abstraction preferred.
  • Experience with tissue culture and blood processing, including serum, plasma, and buffy coat, is preferred.
  • Familiarity with medical terminology is a plus.

The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and have the skill and confidence to work independently. Excellent communication, analytical, computer, and organizational skills are essential, as well as keen attention to detail and the ability to multi-task in a fast paced work environment. Position contingent upon funding.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

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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