Research Specialist A/B, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
29 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.

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

This is a full time research engineer position in the McKay Orthopedic Research Laboratory of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. The research focus of the group is on nuclear mechanobiology and tissue engineering.

Research Specialist A Duties: The candidate will provide technical assistance to post-docs, graduate students, and research staff within the group. The candidate will be responsible for maintaining cell cultures and initiating and updating animal and human (IACUC and IRB) protocols. The candidate will assist in mechanical, biochemical, molecular and histological analysis of animal and human cadaveric tissues, cells and engineered tissues, with a focus on the meniscus, tendon, and articular cartilage. The candidate will also assist other lab members in the execution of projects involving small and large animal handling and surgery. The Research Specialist will carry out independent experiments under the supervision of the PI and other senior staff. These experiments will include production of biomaterials, production and culture of engineered constructs, mechanical testing, histology, imaging (fluorescence, super resolution microscope, microCT), and biochemical and molecular analyses for fibrocartilage related research. Other duties will include maintenance of laboratory equipment (including computers), laboratory stock solutions, ordering supplies for the group, monitoring expenses, keeping an organized notebook, and training new staff in relevant procedures.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

Research Specialist B Duties: In addition to the above, the candidate will be responsible for independently designing experiments, analyzing and interpreting results, and assisting with writing and updating laboratory protocols/standard research operations documents.

Position is contingent on continued funding.


Research Specialist A: Bachelor's Degree and 0-1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Research Specialist B: Bachelor's Degree and 1-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

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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