Research Specialist A, Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics

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Pennsylvania, United States
24 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Jan 2021
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 successful candidate for this position will be responsible for facilitating day-to-day operations in biomedical laboratory environment. This will include tracking and database management of specimens originating from clinical (blood, urine) and biomedical research (cells, tissues, biofluids).  Duties include sample preparation, handling, chemical extractions, and analytical analysis. General understanding of scientific principles is required and the demonstrated ability to apply theoretical knowledge of science principles to problem solve work. The ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes is essential. General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications is also required.


  • Bachelor's degree and 0-1 year experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience in Analytical Chemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Math or related scientific field is preferred
  • Hands-on experience with mass spectrometry or NMR spectroscopy is preferred.
  • Experience with metabolomics and/or lipidomics using mass spectrometry is preferred but not required.
  • Meticulous record keeping and organizational skills is required.
  • Careful attention to detail in all laboratory techniques is required.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment is required.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate experiments with co-workers is required.

Working Conditions

  • Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety

Physical Effort

  • Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Position is contingent upon funding.

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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