Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-26714
School Name Perelman School of Medicine
Org MI-Microbiology
Posted to the Web 10/02/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 026
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8:30-5:30
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.

School/Center Overview

The 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.


We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Research Specialist to join our research team, and work in the UPENN High-throughput Screening Core (HTSC). The primary mission of the core is to provide the PSOM community with high-throughput screening capabilities to identify genes or organic small molecule modulators of signaling pathways, cellular phenotypes, and protein function in models of human disease.
The Research Specialist will be expected to design, optimize, and validate diverse cell and biochemical assays in high-density formats (i.e. 384 well microtiter plates). These assays will include complex to advanced procedures in molecular biology, protein biochemistry, eukaryotic/mammalian cell biology, use of primary cells, fluorescence microscopy, and high-throughput genetic/chemical screening techniques. A specific focus will be on high-content/phenotypic assay development and creation of computational sequences to analyze data from these assays. He/she must be able to identify and resolve technical problems, and use analytical and decision-making skills to implement projects. The candidate will also be required to execute validated high-throughput chemical and genetic (i.e. siRNA, cDNA) screening experiments, including the operation of laboratory robotics and screening library management. He/she will be responsible for creating computational pipelines to analyze, interpret, and prepare reports of large data sets to be presented to the Scientific and Technical Directors.
The individual will also be required to train and supervise other technical staff in the core and interact with collaborators and scientific staff from laboratories using the core’s services to help guide the operations of the core. The candidate must have a proven ability to work in a team environment and excellent communication skills to directly interface with the Directors and users of the core to implement screening projects. Additional responsibilities will include maintaining articulate documentation of daily tasks and maintenance of the laboratory’s databases/logs and inventory (i.e. supplies, reagents, safety compliance, and equipment). The applicant should have an advanced understanding of cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry and direct experience in high-throughput screening.


The minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in assay development and high-throughput screening techniques or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Candidates with Master’s degree will be considered. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills, effective communication skills; the ability to work as an effective member of a team, and independently oversee initiation and completion of intermediate to long-range tasks.

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