Senior Research Specialist

Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted
01 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2020
Ref
JR00017188
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
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 D

Job Description Summary

The incumbent will support the research integrated with the clinical program at PEACE (Pregnancy Early Access Center). They will work closely with the lead PI to design research studies, including both prospective studies and secondary analyses of existing datasets. They will interface with both scientists from other departments as well as research cores within the school of medicine to drive research goals of investigators within the division forward. This role is envisioned as a 2-3 year position for a new or recently graduated PhD (or masters-level researcher with 3-5 years of experience) to gain robust experience with a successful and high-achieving research group.

Job Description

Research Specialist D will be integrated into the research program in the Division of Family Planning in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This dynamic and dedicated team includes 4 faculty members, 2 fellows, and 8 full-time research staff housed within a busy family planning clinic, primarily serving women of reproductive age. The successful applicant will bring their background in reproductive biology to contribute to translational investigations of abnormal pregnancy, early pregnancy failure, abortion, and complex contraception.

Prior experience in basic or translational research is required. Skills in clinical and translational research, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, cell signaling, stem cell biology, cellular metabolism, proteomics, and/or immunology are critical. Applicants should have strong writing skills (evidenced by authorship of scientific manuscripts), a high degree of professionalism and independence, and an interest in developing and exploring research questions related to women’s reproductive health. Biostatistical analysis (Stata preferred) and data management experience is desired.

This individual will work closely with the Lead PI to design and conduct research studies, including both prospective studies and secondary analyses of existing datasets. They will conduct comprehensive literature reviews and will work independently to develop research funding proposals. They will interface with scientists from other departments as well as research cores within the School of Medicine to drive research goals of investigators within the division forward. This role is envisioned as a 2-3 year position for a new or recently graduated PhD (or masters-level researcher with 3-5 years of experience) to gain robust experience with a successful and high-achieving research group.

The Research Specialist will support the research integrated with the clinical program at PEACE (Pregnancy Early Access Center). Our mission is to provide access to compassionate care for women and families seeking family planning care and management of early pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and undesired pregnancy. Our Division Chief and lead researcher is Dr. Courtney Schreiber, MD, MPH, whose overarching career goal is to support the reproductive health and lives of underserved women.

Position is contingent upon funding.

Qualifications

Master's Degree with 3-5 years of related experience in basic or translational research or equivalent combination of education and experience required. PhD with 1-2 years of related experience preferred. Degree must be in reproductive biology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, or related fields.

Working Conditions

Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

This position is contingent on funding.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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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