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Duties: The Research Specialist will join 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; the equipment and software we use are custom designed for use in research mice. Ultrasound is used for diagnosis, monitoring, and to guide surgical interventions. The Research Specialist D will take the lead in technical interventions in mice, both performing procedures that are established in the facility and taking on new procedures (evaluating, learning, performing and eventually teaching others) that may let us expand our services and make full use of our animal model. The ideal candidate would have extensive experience working with multiple species in the research setting, have demonstrated skill in a wide range of research related interventions, and be interested in perfecting existing procedures and exploring new ones. Other aspects of the position include working with a large mouse breeding colony in a barrier facility in coordination with other staff; writing animal use protocols and SOPs for the facility; maintenance of a large database of animals and experimental results; treatment administration for ongoing studies; management of accumulated ultrasound data; maintenance and minor repairs to specialty equipment; supplies ordering.

Evaluate disease and progression in mice using abdominal ultrasound (training will be provided); perform surgical and minimally invasive interventions in mice; evaluate and pilot new procedures that complement our existing capabilities; treatment administration; necropsy and tissue handling.
The Research Specialist will be involved in project data interpretation, and will represent the facility to clients and organizations within Penn and outside. They will manage the facility's work on some projects and will be responsible for supplies and equipment management, and management of imaging data records. They will have primary responsibility for writing IACUC protocols and Standard Operating Procedures.

In addition to the above the Research Specialist will prepare treatments using conventional bench techniques; devise and carry out breeding programs for special models; assess and manage sick animals; oversee databases of breeding animals and experimental data.

This position may involve work on weekends and University holidays.

Qualifications: Required:
* Master's degree and 3 to 5 years of experience working with laboratory animals in an academic setting, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Must have worked at least two years with a mouse breeding colony. Must have worked at least 6 months in a rodent barrier facility.
* Experience with multiple dosing pathways in mice; extensive knowledge of murine anatomy, necropsy procedures and handling processes for murine tissues

Preferred: Experience with diagnostic imaging

Reference Number: 40-30261

Salary Grade: 027

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: DM-Hematology/Oncology Cancer Biology

Special Requirements:

Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research




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Posted: 11/8/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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