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RESEARCH SPECIALIST A

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-27512
Posted Job Title RESEARCH SPECIALIST A
School Name Perelman School of Medicine
Org OS-Orthopaedic Surgery Research
Posted to the Web 12/05/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 024
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8am-5pm
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. http://www.med.upenn.edu/

Duties

This is a full time research engineer position in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. The research focus of the group is on stem cell mechanobiology and tissue engineering. Duties: The candidate will provide technical assistance to post-docs, graduate students, and research staff within the group. The candidate will be responsible for maintaining cell cultures and initiating and updating animal and human (IACUC and IRB) protocols. The candidate will assist in mechanical, biochemical, molecular and histological analysis of cells and engineered tissues derived from ongoing projects, with a focus on intervertebral disc tissue engineering projects. The candidate will also assist other lab members in the execution of projects involving small and large animal handling and surgery. The Research Specialist will carry out independent experiments under the supervision of the PI and other senior staff. These experiments will include production of biomaterials, production of engineered constructs, mechanical testing of constructs, histological analysis of constructs, and biochemical and molecular analysis of constructs for spine related research. Other duties will include maintenance of laboratory equipment (including computers), laboratory stock solutions, ordering supplies for the group, monitoring expenses, keeping an organized notebook, and training new staff in relevant procedures.
Position is contingent on continued funding.

Qualifications: BS in an engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Mechanical) or quantitative biological field of study and 0-1 year of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. 1-3 years of experience preferred. The candidate must be self-motivated, reliable, responsible, and comfortable with quantitative and cell-based research methods. Previous experience in biomedical research is preferred. Good organization, communication, and writing skills are required. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required, and some familiarity with computer networking and troubleshooting is a plus. Machining and mechanical testing experience a significant plus. Additional programming experience (MATLAB, Labview) is also a plus. Some experience with website management is a requirement.
Position is contingent upon funding.

Qualifications

BS in an engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Mechanical) or quantitative biological field of study and 0-1 year of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. 1-3 years of experience preferred. The candidate must be self-motivated, reliable, responsible, and comfortable with quantitative and cell-based research methods. Previous experience in biomedical research is preferred. Good organization, communication, and writing skills are required. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required, and some familiarity with computer networking and troubleshooting is a plus. Machining and mechanical testing experience a significant plus. Additional programming experience (MATLAB, Labview) is also a plus. Some experience with website management is a requirement.
Position is contingent upon funding.

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
Quick Link http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/33249

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  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
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Applicant Documents

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