University of Pennsylvania RESEARCH SPECIALIST B in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-20032


School Name Perelman School of Medicine

Org PA-Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Posted to the Web 05/14/2015

Posted Job/Salary Grade 025

Employment Type Exempt

Hours 37.50

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9-5 flexible

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.


The position is for both technical research support and supervision in an immunology laboratory conducting research with small animals and non-human primates. This individual will be required to handle blood specimens, perform various tissue culture and molecular biology experiments, conduct immune-function assays, as well as provide supervision for technicians and interns in the lab. Performing procedures on small animals (mice) will be required. The individual must be capable of independent work, be able to work within a group, and be able to provide direction to Junior staff and interns. Good communications skills are essential. Data analysis, short-term project planning, and maintaining records for sample processing and assay performance are of great importance. There may occasionally be weekend work to set-up or complete assays that require several days to perform.


The minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Master’s degree in science is preferred. Familiarity with immune-function assays, and the ability to comfortably work with small animals (mice) are required. Attention to detail, initiative, and reliability are required. Ability to summarize / analyze data in preparation for production of monthly research progress reports is highly preferred, and good communication skills are essential

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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  • Are you able to work weekends?

  • Yes

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  • Do you have familiarity with immune-function assays, and the ability to comfortably work with small animals (mice)?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Do you have experience performing various tissue culture and molecular biology experiments?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

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  • Resume

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