Research Specialist C

Pennsylvania, United States
31 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
31 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 functions of this position will include: rapid and large scale production and development of nucleoside-modified mRNA, developing and performing all quality control analyses on all mRNAs produced in the lab. Planning and execution of animal immunizations, and gene editing experiments using mRNA. They will act without direct supervision and be required to develop their own assays and methods, troubleshoot these methods, and analyze the data to determine the next steps in development. They will also be involved in experiments carried out as a team, in an assistant role.

Job Description


  1. Large-scale production of nucleoside-modified mRNA-LNP 2
  2. Immunize animals
  3. Planning and execution of gene editing experiments
  4. Maintain complete and accurate lab notes
  5. Assistance in experiments involving multiple people
  6. Data analysis and presentation

Position contingent upon funding.

Bachelor's Degree or more and 3 years to 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master's degree preferred.

Must have extensive laboratory experience working with molecular biology techniques and mRNA. Must be willing to work with small laboratory animals. Prior experience with tissue culture work is preferred.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

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.