Research Specialist C

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Pennsylvania, United States
23 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
22 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

The Research Specialist C will assist the principal investigator in the management of the laboratory, including organization of the lab space, placing orders, managing protocols, equipment, supplies, software, and documentation. He/she will also assist post-doc and graduate students in the laboratory in the performance of in vitro and in vivo experiments, including molecular biology, cell culture and flow cytometry. Primary duties include molecular biology work, RNA and DNA extraction and plasmid preparations, lentiviral/retroviral vector work and harvesting, assisting with next generation sequencing cell culture.

The applicant will be required to have good experience with DNA cloning techniques and troubleshooting skills. The research specialist will have experience with next-generation sequencing including preparation of clone libraries, conducting sequencing reactions, (ideally also preparing sequencing instrumentation for operation, and analyzing data). The applicant’s work will facilitate and expedite existing projects in the lab. He/she will be required to perform/support additional in vitro and in vivo experiments, including preparation and staining of samples for flow cytometry, performance of immunofluorescence microscopy, and animal work including intravenous injections, bleeding, and harvest of tumors.


  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in immunology, tissue culture, flow cytometry, and related disciplines
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related science or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master’s degree or PhD encouraged as well
  • Previous lab experience in areas of cancer and HIV preferred
  • Strong background and demonstrated experience in T cell immunology and flow cytometry.
  • Self-starter
  • Can work independently
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong experience working on research teams and directly participating in research studies.
  • Strong multitasking abilities and an extremely high-level of reliability and dependability.
  • Excellent organizational record keeping skills are necessary
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain multiple internal and external relationships regarding research

Working Conditions

Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety, Stockroom or warehouse, alternative work schedules, exposure to chemicals, requires protective devices

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less, intermittently sitting/standing/stooping, Using tools requiring high dexterity, typically bending, crouching, stooping, typically standing or walking

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

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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