Research Specialist B, Pathology and Lab Medicine

Pennsylvania, United States
20 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
20 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 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 position is available for a motivated and detail-oriented team-player. The Melenhorst laboratory is a newly established research group in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. By studying T cell biology in cancer patients and the tumor microenvironment in chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other malignancies we aim to understand and improve the anti-tumor efficacy of adoptively transferred gene-modified T cells. The laboratory has identified mechanisms of response to CAR T cell therapy in chronic lymphocytic leukemia and developed an ex vivo model system to identify the most potent precursor cells of CAR T cells. We are hiring a highly motivated research specialist B with a strong background in translational immunology. This position will assist in maintaining laboratory reagent and supply inventories, keeping laboratory records (i.e., regulatory and administrative documents) up-to-date; processing fresh cells from leukemia and myeloma patients, perform cell cultures, prepare lentiviral constructs, flow cytometric experiments (data acquisition) and electronic and magnetic sorts. Additionally, this individual will assist with the in vivo experiments as carried out by the post-doc.

Position contingent upon funding.

Minimum Qualifications

BA degree in science and 1-3 years of demonstrated experience in academic cellular immunology research or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.  A broad knowledge base of immunology including the biology of human T cells is desired. Demonstrated abilities to multi-task and exhibiting effective time management skills are required.  Prior laboratory experience including mammalian tissue culture is required. Specialized training on utilizing multi-color flow cytometric instruments and data analysis using Flow Jo software is preferred.   Hands-on experience with quantitative PCR platforms preferred. Candidate must exhibit excellent computer skills, including expertise in Microsoft Office applications.  Preference will be given to candidates who indicate a strong desire to build a career in the medical field

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

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.