Research Specialist

Pennsylvania, United States
20 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
20 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

Working in a Drosophila research laboratory, plans and conducts basic experiments to meet research project objectives, with supervision. Assists in performing laboratory experiments with graduate and postdoctoral scientists. Daily management of laboratory experiments,, documentations and processes to ensure regulatory compliance and timely completion of project/program deliverables.   Order and store reagents, oversee reagent use using computer documenation, oversee laboratory equipment.  Maintain Drosophila stocks, Drosophila genetics and Drosophila histological analysis, molecular biological analysis including PCR, cloning, preparation of constructs. Closely collaborates with Senior Research Specialists and Principal Investigator (PI) on experimental/clinical work set ups in accordance to established protocols.

Job Description

Scientific aid for PI involved in Drosophila research.  Candidate will with work with PI, postdoctoral scientists and graduate students in the laboratory to conduct research for specific projects of focus.  Research will involve Drosophila genetic screens, genetic analysis and molecular genetic analysis, cloning and histological approaches. Research may also involve cultured cells, to extend the work from in vivo to cells in culture. Will also contribute to maintenance of laboratory by overseeing databases for reagents, train new laboratory members in basic experimental approaches, and oversee and maintain laboratory equipment.  Will work with various scientists in the laboratory to facilitate their research.   


Bachelor's Degree with 0-1 year of related experience in research methodologies, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with aspects of Drosophila research including stock maintenance, genetics, molecular genetics, is preferred. High level of organization and efficiency, ability to pay close attention to detail required.  Ability to work independently, train others, and assemble research into professional reports for presentation.  

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, Stat

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

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.