Research Specialist B

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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

The Penn Image-Guided Interventions Laboratory and the Center for Lymphatics in the Departments of Radiology and Cancer Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are seeking a highly motivated and organized Research Specialist. The research interests of our laboratory lie at the intersection of image-guided interventions lymphatic interventions, lymphatic biology, development of new lymphatic imaging agents and molecular imaging. Our lab is studying the metabolism of the lymphatic imaging agents, the changes in the liver lymphatic system in liver cirrhosis and developing and testing of the new lymphatic imaging agents. The lab utilizes a multidisciplinary approach from in vivo animal models of lymphatic pathology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and molecular imaging strategies. Our research emphasizes translation with the ultimate goal of leveraging our findings to develop novel imaging and therapeutic strategies for patients.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, enthusiastic, and have excellent  organizational skills. This position offers the opportunity to participate in an innovative research environment. gain hands-on experience with a variety of experimental techniques, and make critical contributions to primary research publications. Qualified individuals will be expected to maintain animal colonies, perform necropsy, tissue processing, immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence, and assist and perform with other lab personnel with experimental procedures and analyses. Additional duties include but are not limited to: animal surgeries, animal husbandry, DNA preparation, RNA isolation, protein purification and preparation, PCR-based genotyping, RT-PCR, Western Blotting, molecular subcloning, cell culture, immunofluorescence, live cell imaging as well as NMR spectroscopy and spectral analysis.

Position contingent upon funding.


Bachelor's degree and 1-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

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.