University of Pennsylvania RESEARCH SPECIALIST A in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-21232


School Name Perelman School of Medicine

Org RA-Radiology

Posted to the Web 11/06/2015

Posted Job/Salary Grade 024

Employment Type Exempt

Hours 40.00

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9-5

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.


A new lab led by Dr. Terence Gabe in the Departments of Radiology and Cancer Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a highly motivated and organized Research Specialist. The research interests of our laboratory lie at the intersection of image-guided interventions, cancer biology and molecular imaging. Our lab seeks to unravel the influence of the tumor’s metabolic microenvironment on cancer cells as well as non-cancerous stromal cells in modulating tumor progression and response to therapy. The lab utilizes a multidisciplinary approach from in vivo animal models of cancer, biochemistry, molecular biology, and molecular imaging strategies. Our research emphasizes translation with the ultimate goal of leveraging our findings to develop novel imaging and therapeutic strategies for patients.This position offers the opportunity to participate in an innovative research environment, gain hands-on experience with a variety of experimental techniques, and make critical contributions to primary research publications. Qualified individuals will be expected to maintain animal colonies, oversee general lab operations, and assist other lab personnel with experimental procedures and analysis. Additional duties include but are not limited to: animal surgeries, animal husbandry, DNA preparation, RNA isolation, protein purification and preparation, PCR-based genotyping, RT-PCR, Western Blotting, molecular subcloning, cell culture, immunofluorescence, live cell imaging as well as NMR spectroscopy and spectral analysis.


Qualified individuals must have a Bachelor’s degree in science and 0 to 1 year of prior laboratory experience in some area of biological or physical sciences (or an equivalent combination of education and experience), exceptional organization skills, willingness to work with animals, desire to work as part of a dynamic research environment individually and in a team. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and enthusiastic. Prior experience with cell culture, biochemical techniques, molecular biology techniques, cell biology techniques, animal husbandry and NMR spectroscopy is preferred, but is not required. We will consider candidates who are seeking a temporary position before applying to graduate or medical school, as well as those looking for long-term specialist positions.

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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