Research Specialist A, Radiology Oncology

Pennsylvania, United States
08 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
08 Feb 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

We are seeking a highly motivated and dedicated person to be part of a collaborative team to investigate mechanisms of cancer immunotherapy resistance. Work involving both cancer cells and immune cells will be pursued, and questions may involve disease mechanisms or novel therapeutic approaches. This individual will primarily assist senior personnel in executing laboratory-based experiments that include various in vitro and in vivo assays, and perform experiments to collect genomic data sets. In addition, the individual is expected to assist in data analysis and visualization using R and/or Python, and various bioinformatics pipelines. The candidate should be willing to work as part of a team, particularly in the beginning, but also individually in order to develop a high level of independence. Working simultaneously on multiple projects or tasks is also expected, as is work during some weekends.

Position contingent upon funding

Job Description

  • Perform in vitro immunoassays, RNA and protein work, and construction of expression vectors.
  • Perform next-generation sequencing experiments, flow cytometry, and other immunophenotyping assays on mouse and human samples.
  • Conduct in vivo mouse studies to assay tumor and immune responses to therapies and other immunomodulatory interventions.Perform data analysis using bioinformatics and solve problems using computational biology approaches.
  • Maintain noteboo.k and give presentations


Bachelor's Degree with 0-1 year of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Working Conditions

Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety

Physical Effort

Typically standing 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

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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