Research Specialist A/B
Job location: Med JohnMorg-Path&Lab
Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-02-24
University OverviewThe 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.Posted Job TitleResearch Specialist A/BJob Profile TitleResearch Specialist AJob Description SummaryThe 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. http://www.med.upenn.edu/Job Description
Research Specialist A:
Research position will perform neurodegenerative disease research in the drug discovery group, with the expectation that s(he) will utilize a variety of biochemical and immunocytochemical methodologies and techniques within the laboratory. In particular, the position will entail research to support an ongoing NIH-funded program in which we seek to identify drug candidates for Alzheimer’s and related neurodegenerative diseases. This will include studies to evaluate the biological activity of compounds in multiple cell-based assays, including assays utilizing primary rodent neurons. Required methodologies include cell culture, immunocytochemical staining of cell cultures and biochemical assays, such as SDS-PAGE/immunoblotting and ELISA. Longer term studies may include the evaluation of selected compounds in mice to determine compound pharmacokinetics and tolerability, as well as testing of preferred compounds in transgenic mouse models of disease. Thus, the candidate should be willing to work with mice. The researcher must also be capable, with moderate input from supervisor(s), of interpreting study results, troubleshooting technical problems, and presenting organized study results to the PI and to lab staff and in meetings.
Position will be required to keep an electronic notebook, and overseeing, organizing and preparing lab reagents.
Research Specialist B:
Will have the duties outlined above for a Research Specialist A, with the additional expectation that s(he) will show a higher degree of independence, including the ability to design and troubleshoot experiments with greater autonomy and interpret study results with a lesser degree of input from supervisor(s).
Research Specialist A: BA/BS in Biology/Neuroscience or related field with 0-1 years of work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Ability to work in a team environment. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Multi-tasking is important and other duties include keeping an organized, up-to-date electronic laboratory notebook. The successful candidate will be expected to attend and present at laboratory meetings and activities of the Center.
Research Specialist B: Bachelor's degree and 1-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. M.S. degree or at least 2 years of prior research experience after obtaining a B.S. degree in Biology/Neuroscience or related field is preferred.
Position contingent upon funding
Job Location - City, StatePhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaDepartment / SchoolPerelman School of MedicinePay Range$35,568.00 - $57,600.00Affirmative Action Statement
Office, Library, Computer Room; Requires extensive safety
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less
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.