Research Specialist D (Pathology Dept.)

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Research Specialist D (Pathology Dept.)

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Posted Job Title
Research Specialist D (Pathology Dept.)

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist D

Job Description Summary
The Research Specialist D will assist in the study of viral infection and immunity in both mammalian and insect cells. In addition, the Research Specialist will be expected to become proficient in biochemistry, microscopy and other standard molecular biology assays. Research Specialist D duties also include data analysis and figure production. Dr. Cherry's laboratory is in an academic setting at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine Philadelphia

Job Description

The candidate will work in the Pathology Department in the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM). Our major goals are to increase scientific knowledge in viral infection and immunity fields. Our research is carried out using human and insect models. The candidate will perform a variety of tasks to maintain the laboratory including the production of virus stocks, viral tittering and preparation of reagents for cell culture. In addition, the candidate will perform a variety of viral infection assays, including drug testing and RNAi depletion of host factors, viral tittering, RT-qPCR and immunoblots to monitor viral infection. The ability to perform other basic molecular assays such as protein and DNA gel electrophoresis and western blotting is essential. The candidate must be capable of maintaining articulate documentation of daily tasks and possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

The research requires basic knowledge of multiple scientific disciplines including molecular and cell biology, virology, immunology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology. Our major goals are to increase scientific knowledge in human immunity and viral immunity fields. Research performed ranges from basic research to conducting pre-clinical research. Our research is carried out using human and other primary cell models. Research Specialist will be involved in planning, conducting and analyzing experiments aimed to evaluate the antiviral activity of drugs and understand the immune response to viruses. Research specialist will perform experiments related to the analyses of infection and immunity. These studies involve tissue and cell processing, and molecular biology techniques such as: qPCR, cytokine profiling, a nd RNAseq sample preparation. Research Specialist will carry out experiments independently or under the supervision of the lab PI or postdoctoral associates. Position contingent on funding.

Master's Degree with 3-5 years of related experience in research, clinical study, project and people management or equivalent combination of education and experience is required

Working Conditions
Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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.

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Posted: 9/16/2020
Application Due: 11/15/2020
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