Research Specialist, Basic and Translational Sciences

Pennsylvania, United States
25 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 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.

Posted Job Title

Research Specialist, Basic & Translational Sciences, Penn Dental Medicine

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary

Established in 1878, Penn Dental Medicine (PDM) is among the oldest university-affiliated dental schools in the nation. Penn Dental Medicine is on a mission to provide the highest quality clinical and research environment for students while shaping the future of care. Join Penn Dental Medicine to live that mission every day by supporting the research and clinical needs of our patients, students, faculty, staff, and community. With PDM, not only can you maximize your career potential at an Ivy League Institution, but you can make a real difference in the lives of our patients and students.

Job Description

The Department of Basic and Translational Sciences brings together the School of Dental Medicine’s School’s basic sciences faculty in the areas of anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and pathology into one unified department. Spanning common research between lab groups, interdisciplinary collaboration creates a synergy to leverage the collective potential of faculty, testing the boundaries of basic science, translational medicine, and clinical sciences to support and advance research across disciplines.


  • Conduct experiments as instructed by Principal Investigators and assist lab personnel, to include independent experiments in cell culture and genotyping, immunoblotting, and ELISA
  • Assist in maintaining lab supplies and ordering lab inventory of reagents and supplies
  • Supervise student researchers
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


Research Specialist A:

Bachelor's degree and 0-1 years of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Research Specialist B:

Bachelor's degree with preferred field of study in biomedical sciences and 1-2 years of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This position will also be responsible for supervising students.

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

School of Dental 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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