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Reference Number 40-27692 Posted Job Title RESEARCH SPECIALIST A/B School Name Perelman School of Medicine Org BB-Biochemistry and Biophysics Posted to the Web 01/10/2018 Posted Job/Salary Grade 024 Employment Type Exempt Hours N/A Position Type Full Time Position Schedule N/A Months 12 Position Length Contingent Upon Funding Position End Date 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.

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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.


A full-time research specialist position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Kathy Fange Liu (Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics).

The candidate will conduct and facilitate research investigating the functions of enzyme-mediated RNA modifications in energy metabolism. The candidate will need to perform general molecular and cellular techniques in an RNA biochemistry lab, such as cell culture, DNA and RNA preparation, PCR, plasmid cloning, Western blotting, etc. Specific experiments will be designed by the Principal Investigator or by other lab personnel, but the candidate is expected to modify and troubleshoot procedures as needed, assist in developing the appropriate protocols.

Research Specialist B will be involved in planning, conducting and analyzing experiments aimed at studying the molecular mechanisms of RNA modifications in energy metabolism regulation and development of new sequencing methods and applications. Research Specialist B will provide technical support to enable our laboratory to function effectively and will adhere to standard procedures and guidelines. Research Specialist B may perform sample collections, testing, measuring, recording and analyzing results. Research Specialist B will carry out experiments under the management of a supervising scientist to allow senior scientific personnel to concentrate on the more complex analytical processes in the laboratory. Research Specialist B will independently design and perform assigned experiments, develop a standard protocol. Process and analyze results. Keep up to date with external research carried out in their field of study.

In addition, the candidate will also provide general lab support by managing and maintaining laboratory supplies, and participate in data analyses, presentations, and manuscript publication. The candidate will also keep accurate lab notebooks.


Research Specialist A: Bachelor’s Degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Research Specialist B: Bachelor’s Degree and 1 to 3 year’s of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

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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.

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Posted: 1/10/2019
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