Research Specialist B/C

Pennsylvania, United States
15 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 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 Research Specialist B/C will have an opportunity to work in a dynamic lab environment and interact closely with faculty members, graduate, and undergraduate students on projects that involve studying the effects of anesthetics on the nervous system and will help perform behavioral experiments using rodents. The goal of these experiments is to better understand the effects of anesthetics on the brain. Principal responsibilities will be to help design and implement behavioral experiments, stereotaxic injection of viral constructs that express chemo and opto genetic actuators as well as help perform neurophysiological recordings.

The position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

Research Specialist B-Skilled Research Specialist that works with complex systems or perform highly technical mechanical or diagnostic tests in medical or scientific laboratories. Assists the laboratory manager to perform complex laboratory maintenance tasks and other laboratory projects and experiments using rodents as assigned. The goal of these experiments is to better understand the effects of anesthetics on the brain. The principal responsibilities of the research specialist will be to help design and implement behavioral experiments and perform stereotaxic brain surgery for injection of viral constructs, opto and chemo genetic modulation of specific neuronal populations, neurophysiological recordings, and immunohistochemistry. Previous experience in working with rodents on related projects that involve similar techniques is strongly preferred.

Research Specialist C- In addition to above, the Research Assistant C will assist senior level researchers on various supervised research projects within the lab. The Research Specialist C will place orders for supplies, help maintain inventory and place lab equipment in their designated areas at the end of the day. He/she will gather data from experiments, complete data entry and analyze data in collaboration with Principal Investigators and postdoctoral researchers - with the intent of presenting research results in laboratory meetings.

Research Specialist B Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree preferred in related field (Biology, Neuroscience, or Biophysics) 1-3 years of related experience working in a laboratory or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Research Specialist C Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree preferred in related field (Biology, Neuroscience, or Biophysics) with 3-5 years of related experience in research, clinical study, project and people management or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

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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