Research Specialist B
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Job Description Summary
The Gene Therapy Program (GTP) is entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity with great potential to reshape the face of medicine as we know it. Our discoveries have set the stage for successful treatments and possibly even cures for devastating genetic diseases.
The laboratory of Dr. Jim Wilson, at GTP of the University of Pennsylvania has been a leader in the development of innovative vector technology for close to three decades. We have emerged as the "go-to" organization for public and private partners, who want to participate in the gene therapy space. Currently we are positioned to lead another round of vector innovation and establish pre-clinical and clinical proof-of-concept in therapeutic applications of in-vivo genome editing.
We are currently looking for a Research Specialist B to support our efforts in translational research.
As a Research Specialist B, you will be involved in planning, conducting, and analyzing experiments aimed at the development of new gene therapy methods & applications. You will provide technical support to enable our laboratory to function effectively and will adhere to standard procedures and guidelines. May perform sample collections, testing, measuring, recording, and analysis of results. You will carry out experiments under the management of a supervising scientist.
You will be expected to keep abreast of the work of other scientists within GTP and in the wider scientific community.
As a successful candidate, you will have the knowledge of multiple scientific disciplines including molecular and cell biology, protein biochemistry, virology, immunology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology.
B.A./B.S. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or in an adjacent field and 1- 3 years of post-degree bench laboratory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Scientific background; working knowledge of commonplace molecular and cell biology techniques (molecular cloning, biochemical and cell based assays, animal); ability to learn new techniques; ability to follow existing protocols; ability to develop novel protocols and methods; outstanding interpersonal interaction skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, problem recognition and solving, and organizational skills.
Prior experience in the field of gene therapy is desirable.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine
$36,401.00 - $65,521.00
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