Research Specialist A, Perelman School of Medicine

Pennsylvania, United States
05 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
04 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

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Posted Job Title

Research Specialist A

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary

A new laboratory in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine and Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a highly motivated and organized Research Specialist. The research of our lab focuses on tumor immunology and host-microbiome interaction. Specifically, we are combining genetically engineered mouse models with state-of-the art technologies including multi-omics, advanced imaging, CRIPSR/cas9 gene editing tools and single-cell based technologies to interrogate the interactions between tumor cells, microbiome and the host immune system. 

This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, enthusiastic, and have excellent organization skills. Prior lab research experience is required. Experience with cell/tissue culture, biochemical techniques, bacterial culture, molecular biology and mouse handling is preferred, but not required. We will consider candidates who are seeking a temporary position (minimum 2 year commitment is preferred) before applying to graduate or medical school, as well as those looking for long-term specialist positions. Qualified individuals will be expected to maintain mouse colonies, oversee general lab operations, and assist other lab personnel with experimental procedures and analysis. Additional duties include but not limited to: mouse husbandry, DNA preparation, RNA isolation, PCR-based genotyping, RT-PCR, molecular subcloning, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and tissue culture. 


Bachelor's Degree with 0-1 year of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies

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

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$35,568.00 - $57,600.00

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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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