Research Specialist A

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

This position is an integral member of a molecular biology lab with a focus on studies of kidney disease development. They will be primarily involved in collecting and analyzing human tissue samples, rnicrodissecting samples organizing clinical and histological information. In addition the incumbent will be performing research experiments, but also will be involved in directing aspects of the research activities of a laboratory.

A Bachelor's Degree, preferably in science, and 0 to 1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Previous experience or acquaintance with methods used in molecular biology laboratory is a plus, but not required, especially if the individual is ambitious and highly motivated to learn.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

Job Description

  1. Collect and organize human tissue samples, collect clinical and histological information and organize 
  2. Microdissect human kidney tissue samples 
  3. Isolate RNA and DNA, measure concentration and examine quality 
  4. Perform and genotyping quantitative PCR (
  5. Prepare histological slides, cutting and staining of samples 
  6. Compile and document research results and assist in data interpretation 
  7. Operate computer equipment in the collection and tabulation of research results 
  8. Send and receive samples and data interact with collaborators 
  9. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

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.