Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Feb 27, 2016

Duties: The Research Specialist will play a critical role in a facility whose purpose is the efficient evaluation of promising therapies for human pancreatic cancer, using an animal model for the disease. The main modality used is ultrasound, used for tumor identification and volume measurement (training will be provided). Other technical approaches will be incorporated as needed and the research specialist will be expected to acquire additional proficiencies as project needs require. Evaluation of enrolled animals and preparation of treatments will involve molecular biology bench procedures. Work will be done under the guidance of the facility director, a veterinarian. Management of a complex breeding colony of mice will be a part of the position. The RS will function as a member of a team which collectively provides services to laboratories; as such, a collaborative approach to the work is expected.

Primary duties will include: Evaluation of disease and disease progression in mice using abdominal ultrasound (training will be provided); molecular biology procedures performed to evaluate treatment efficacy; refinement of a program to obtain animals with the appropriate genotype from multiple source lines; animal medical assessment and management; bench-top preparation of treatments and administration of treatments to mice; supervision and support of an animal and experiment database.

Responsibilities will also include development of protocols and Standard Operating Procedures, materials and equipment management, equipment training.

The Research Specialist will be expected to work independently. This individual will represent the facility to other laboratories, researchers and vendors; and participate in management of the facility.

This position will involve work on weekends and University holidays. Position is contingent on continued funding.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, preferably in Biology, Animal Sciences, or a related area; and 1-3 years' experience in a laboratory or veterinary medical environment, or equivalent education and work experience required. Must have experience working in a rodent barrier facility. Experience with a rodent breeding colony, genotyping, survival surgery, post mortem tissue harvest, and/or in-vivo imaging is preferred. The successful applicant must be able to adapt to existing systems and be willing to learn new procedures and techniques; have a team orientation; and be flexible in order to meet varied and changing project needs. Must be self-directed and able to work independently (with access to supervisory guidance). Candidate must possess good communication and computer skills, good organizational skills and be detail oriented.

Reference Number: 40-22067

Salary Grade: 025

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: DM-Hematology/Oncology Cancer Biology

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.

Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research

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