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Associate Scientist

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Associate Scientist in the Shriners Pediatric Research Center participates in exciting ongoing research projects to study molecular/cellular mechanisms underlying axon regeneration failure and neural damage and to develop effective therapies for CNS damage. Performs independent research projects under supervision of the PI, manage research lab including oversight of junior researchers. Designs and executes experimental protocols for assigned projects. Serves as an authoritative source on research practices, precedents, theory, and principles. Supervises division/sub-unit staff and ensures all projects are completed in a timely fashion.

Responsibilities include: conducting molecular biological techniques, such as the generation of viral vectors, gene cloning, PCR/RT-PCR/qPCR, and protein biochemistry, such as Western blotting and protein purification; animal handling, surgery, neurological animal models, behavioral tests, tissue dissection, and histology; performing/developing primary neuronal cultures, cell transfection, neurite/axon outgrowth assays, and imaging collection and analyses; conducting research data collection and analysis, figure preparation, and writing research papers. May serve as Radiation Safety officer. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience: 
Doctorate Degree or M.D. and at least four years of Postdoctoral experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:
*Demonstrated proficiency in molecular biological techniques
*Demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of animal handling/surgery
*Ability to manage projects
*Working knowledge of all applicable computer software programs
*Management skills (including planning, negotiation, and communication skills).
*Knowledge of applicable professional principles, extensive knowledge of University policies and procedures, and financial and budgeting principles.

This is a grant funded position

This position is temporarily assigned a hybrid work arrangement (on-campus and remote), the duration of this hybrid work arrangement is at the discretion of Temple University and the Department.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law. 

In accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff and contractors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 15, 2021, unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the university.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks or more following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks or more following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet the University’s vaccination or exception requirement by October 15, 2021 will be prohibited from working until proof of vaccination or an exception is provided.  For more information visit the university's Vaccines web page at

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact. 

To obtain additional information about Temple University please visit our website at  

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You may request a copy of the report by calling Temple University’s Campus Safety Services at 215-204-7900.

Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Medical Education and Research Building
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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