Research Specialist A/B

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Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted
28 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Nov 2020
Ref
JR00023267
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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

The Research Specialists will work on projects investigating the impact of genes on animal brain integrity. Techniques involved include Drosophila husbandry and genetic crosses, molecular genetics for RNA, DNA and chromatin isolation, dissection of animal tissues with immunostaining, histochemistry, among others.

Job Description

The ideal candidate will be a researcher with experience with Drosophila genetics. Will work on projects investigating the impact of genes on animal brain integrity. Techniques involved include Drosophila husbandry and genetic crosses, molecular genetics for RNA, DNA and chromatin isolation, dissection of animal tissues with immunostaining, histochemistry, mong others. The research specialist will be expected to master techniques and independently perform experiments, analyze data, and prepare data summaries. They will also work collaboratively in the laboratory. The successful candidate will have a strong experimental technical skill set plus expertise in writing, presentation and data analysis.

Research Specialist A:

(1) conduct studies in Drosophila genetics, select appropriate genetic progeny and maintain Drosophila stocks; (2) tissue acquisition and processing of Drosophila head and brain tissue for analysis of RNA, DNA, and protein;(3) performing molecular genetic studies including RNA isolation, realtime PCR, western immunoblotting; (4) performing histology and immunohistochemistry on various tissue including the brain; (5) analyze specific Drosophila crosses for effects in various tissues, including in lifespan and by molecular genetic analysis and tissue processing/histology; (6) keeping laboratory chemical and supply inventory and ordering supplies as needed. Additional responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: (1) assisting with set up of laboratory-related aspects of new research studies; (2) maintaining laboratory reports, detailed protocols and regulatory documents, and (3) other tasks as needed such as for laboratory maintenance.

Research Specialist B:

(1) conducting complex studies independently in Drosophila genetics, selecting appropriate strains and selecting appropriate progeny of genetic crosses; (2) tissue acquisition and processing of Drosophila tissue for molecular genetic analysis including RNA isolation, western immunoblots, realtime PC, immunoprecipitations; (3) performing histological and immunohistochemical experiments on various tissues including the brain; (4) maintaining Drosophila stock lines and creating new stocks; (5) analyze various Drosophila crosses for effects in various tissues, including in lifespan and tissue processing/histology; (6) keeping detailed laboratory notes, assembling reports and preparing data analysis for development of presentations and reports on research; (7) keeping laboratory chemical and supply inventory, and ordering supplies as needed. Additional responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: (1) training new laboratory members in key techniques; (2) assisting with set up new research studies; (4) maintaining logs, laboratory reports, detailed protocols and regulatory documents, and (5) other tasks as needed such as laboratory maintenance.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

Qualifications:

Research Specialist A:

Bachelor's Degree and 0-1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Strong technical skills, organizational skills, written and oral communication skills are required. Experience with Drosophila genetics or other model organism genetics preferred.

Research Specialist B:

Bachelor's Degree with 1-3 years of related experience in Drosophila and/or molecular genetic and sequencing research, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Strong technical skills, plus strong organizational, written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently are required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

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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