Senior Reseach Investigator, McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory

Pennsylvania, United States
09 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
09 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

The McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Research Investigator to join our laboratory, and to work in the highly specialized field of orthopaedic research. The successful candidate will be involved in leading and pursuing research projects in the field of tendon biomechanics and bioengineering.

The Research Investigator Sr (SRI) will act in a leadership role, overseeing and designing advanced experiments. He/She will assist the Principal Investigator and play a leading role in developing a research program in the advancement of specific area of study and will play a crucial role both in all aspects of research products including development, implementation, and data analysis. In the development stage, the SRI will assess proposed projects by conducting feasibility studies to provide valuable input regarding viability, efficiency, timeline, and study design. In the implementation stage, he/she will supervise and perform the project. This includes overseeing workflow and productivity of lab personnel and providing training to them on specific techniques as necessary. Finally, the SRI will be responsible for data analysis, preparation of manuscripts, and presenting research findings through various forums. Senior Research Investigator must demonstrate the ability to analyze and present data in professional "publication ready" format and to be able to independently prepare manuscripts and grant writings for submission.

Job Description

 The individual will act as a senior advisor and staff manager, and will be responsible for leading group meetings, directing students and staff toward project goals. The individual will lead, manage, and develop lab projects by conducting research, writing manuscripts, and pursuing new avenues in tendon basic science, and to submit fundable grants to agencies such as NIH and NSF. The individual should be able to oversee development and design of complex mechanical testing protocols. Experience with universal testing frames (Instron, MTS, Bose) is required. 

Qualifications: Extensive experience (10+ years) in programming languages (Matlab, C++, and Labview) and CAD software (Solidworks) is highly desirable. Excellent record keeping, documentation, communication and manuscript writing skills are required.

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree and 5 years of experience (no equivalent combination)

Position contingent upon funding

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$35,568.00 - $204,000.00

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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.