Research Specialist B (Dept. of Gastroenterology)

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Job location: Biomedical Research Building 2

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-03
Req: JR00033308
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Posted Job Title

Research Specialist B (Dept. of Gastroenterology)

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist B

Job Description Summary

The primary role of this position is to facilitate microbial culture services and metabolomics analysis in the Microbial Culture & Metabolomics Core, as well as facilitate the banking of human samples and manage their allocation and storage in the Host-Microbial Analytic & Repository Core (H-MARC) in the NIH Center for the Molecular Studies of Digestive and Liver Disease

Job Description

Research Specialist B

  • Design and implementation of microbial culture projects, such as
    • enrichment, isolation, and characterization of microbial strains from clinical samples
    • physiological and other studies of bacterial metabolism (e.g., minimum inhibitory concentration assays, growth curves)
    • batch and continuous flow studies in bench to pilot scale systems of both pure, defined-mixed, and undefined-mixed microbial communities
    • preparation of bacteria for in vitro and in vivo studies of mammalian physiology
  • targeted metabolomics analyses of in vitro, animal, and human samples utilizing ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)
  • planning and coordinating the processing, documentation, and cataloging of human specimens.

The Microbial Culture & Metabolomics Core provided services for 37 different research groups in 2020; thus, strong interpersonal and organizational skills are needed to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Detailed record keeping is required. Prior experience in microbial culture and molecular techniques such as isolation and quantification of DNA, RNA, and protein; cloning, and; qPCR are required. Experience with UPLC and/or mass spectrometry, tissue culture, animal handling and care including breeding, animal tissue harvest and sample processing, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and immunoblots is preferred. The successful candidate is encouraged to actively engage in lab meetings, project discussions, and seminars, to further their scientific education and development. There are opportunities for co-authorship in publications

Bachelor's Degree and 1-3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

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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.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time