Research Specialist A

Pennsylvania, United States
01 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 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 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

A position is available to join a research group studying virus-host interactions of pathogenic viruses including SFTSV, Ebola, and Zika.  Applicants should have a strong desire to conduct research and a sound background in molecular and cellular biology.  Major skill sets required are previous research lab experience, the ability to do high quality work, and the ability to learn and adopt new methods.  Techniques employed include tissue culture, DNA, RNA & protein analysis, DNA cloning, CRISPR-mediated gene knockout, viral production, and illumina library construction and analysis.  In addition to performing experiements and analyzing data, the applicant will participate in lab meetings, research and read the scientific literature, and perform general lab duties.  this position is contingent on funding.


A Bachelors degreeand 0 to 1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education an experience required. Prior experience with a fast paced learning of a broad range of cell biology and molecular biology laboratory techniques required. A strong interest in virus-host interactions, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and desire to learn new techniques is required. Prior experience in a research laboratory is required.

Working Conditions

Office, Library; Computer Room; Requires extensive safety; alternative work schedules

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

$35,568.00 - $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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