Research Specialist A

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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.

Job Description

A Research Specialist A position is available in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Chen's laboratory is interested in developing novel strategies for repairing brain circuitry. Projects in the lab involve the generation of structured neural tissues using stem cell biology and neural tissue engineering principles, the structural and functional characterization of these tissues, and the anatomic and functional integration of these tissues with the brain. The primary duty of this position involves cell culture maintenance of primary rodent neurons and human stem cells. Work will also include differentiating brain organoids and dissociated neurons from stem cell sources. Additional duties include immunochemistry, microscopy, and molecular biology techniques. The research specialist will be expected to assist in general lab maintenance, supply ordering/tracking, and bookkeeping. Interested individuals will be encouraged to design experiments and co-author abstracts and publications.


  • Cell culture maintenance of human stem cells and primary rodent neurons
  • Differentiation of brain organoids and dissociated neurons
  • Immunocytochemistry/immunohistochemistry
  • Microscopy, imaging techniques
  • Molecular biology
  • Data documentation & analysis
  • General lab/equipment maintenance, regulatory compliance support


Bachelor's Degree and 0-1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

This 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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