Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-27849
School Name Perelman School of Medicine
Org DM-Cardiovascular Medicine
Posted to the Web 02/02/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 024/025
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8:00 - 5:00
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.


The Morrisey Lab in the Department of Medicine is seeking to hire a Research Specialist A/B with a working knowledge of molecular biology to join a lab investigating developmental and regenerative lung research. The position will require working with mice, including husbandry and post-mortem removal of tissues.
The Research Specialist A position will work closely with senior staff to assist with research experiments as needed and accomplish small research tasks with daily supervision. Duties include: Tissue acquisition and processing of human and mouse samples; maintaining cell lines and performing primary cell culture and mouse colony management and genotyping.
The Research Specialist B position is expected to have prior experience with mouse models, animal husbandry and performing standard injections and tissue harvesting and will assume a leading role in planning and conducting independent experiments including, western blots, DNA and RNA isolation, Q PCR and flow cytometry. The Research Specialist B will also be expected to analyze data, interpret results, troubleshoot independently and present organized data at laboratory meetings


Research Specialist A- Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related field and 0-1 year of hands-on laboratory experience required. Experience with general laboratory techniques such as making solutions, basic biochemistry protocols and performing mammalian tissue culture are preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and are required. Experience with computer programs including MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite is preferred. Strong organizational skills and ability to take detailed notes and data recording is essential for this position. The successful candidate will thrive in a team environment and is eager to learn new methodologies and work with many different senior staff in the lab.
Research Specialist B-Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related field and 1-3 years of hands-on laboratory experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience. 3 or more years of experience and/or a Masters Degree in biology related field is preferred. The successful candidate must have a solid background in mammalian cell culture and molecular and cell biology techniques. Experience with FACS, Q PCR, immunocytochemistry is a plus. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, comprehension of scientific literature and competency with computer programs including MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite are required. Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently is necessary. The successful candidate will be expected to present at laboratory meetings and collaborate frequently on team projects.

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