Research Specialist A

Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted
22 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
22 Sep 2020
Ref
JR00021334
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 Description Summary

A qualified candidate will be engaged in a defined research project with the goal of scientific publication. The candidate will be responsible for standard research tasks including basic molecular biology techniques including: PCR, DNA/RNA extraction/purification, primary cell culture, and buffer preparation. The candidate will be responsible for maintaining the mouse colony, setting up breeding, performing genotyping, and will be directly involved in the characterization of new mice lines that have never been previously published. While preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in mouse handling, dissection and procedures, we are happy to train in specific techniques on site. A motivated lab technician will have the opportunity to expand their scientific and technical repertoire, in support of their future career goals, due to the multidisciplinary nature of the lab. Administrative responsibilities include assisting the principle investigator with reagent ordering, supply inventory, and methodologies.

This position in grant funded and contingent on grants being available.

Job Description

Role Description:

The Merrick lab at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a laboratory technician to join a newly established research group in the Penn Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (IDOM) studying the contribution of adipose-derived stem cells to human metabolic diseases including diabetes, obesity and fatty liver. Our goal is to leverage cutting edge lineage tracing and optogenetic tools to investigate newly discovered populations of stem cells within adipose tissue. We are currently working to map the fate of individual cell types in mice to determine their contribution to adipogenesis and fibrosis. Ultimately we hope to harness this knowledge to guide the development of novel cell-based therapeutics for the treatment of metabolic disease. This position is funded on grants and contingent on grants being available.

Responsibilities:

A qualified candidate will be engaged in a defined research project with the goal of scientific publication. The candidate will be responsible for standard research tasks including basic molecular biology techniques including: PCR, DNA/RNA extraction/purification, primary cell culture, and buffer preparation. The candidate will be responsible for maintaining the mouse colony, setting up breeding, performing genotyping, and will be directly involved in the characterization of new mice lines that have never been previously published. While preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in mouse handling, dissection and procedures, we are happy to train in specific techniques on site. A motivated lab technician will have the opportunity to expand their scientific and technical repertoire, in support of their future career goals, due to the multidisciplinary nature of the lab. Administrative responsibilities include assisting the principle investigator with reagent ordering, supply inventory, and methodologies. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 0-1 year in molecular biology, chemistry or other related scientific disciplines or equivalency required. Hands-on experience with basic laboratory techniques such as PCR, DNA/RNA handling, and buffer/reagent preparation is preferred. Ability to follow complex instructions, excellent communication and analytical skills are 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

$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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