Research Specialist B (Center for Research on Reproduction on Women's Health)

Research Specialist B (Center for Research on Reproduction on Women's Health)

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Posted Job Title
Research Specialist B (Center for Research on Reproduction on Women's Health)

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist B

Job Description Summary
Dr. Erin George is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Penn. Her lab is part of the Simpkins laboratory in the Ovarian Cancer Research Center. Looking for a Research Specialist B with experience in the lab -particularly with cell and tissue culture and some basic laboratory techniques. Her research focuses on identifying novel targeting therapeutic strategies for ovarian and endometrial cancer with the ultimate goal to bring them to the clinic for women with these cancers. With Dr. Simpkins lab, I helped develop novel experimental models such as primary cells and patient derived xenografts (PDXs) from ovarian and endometrial cancers collected at the time of surgery. These models have been characterized genomically and proteomically serving as excellent platforms to study drug resistance. We are looking for a highly motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic individual that is excited about doing research focused on development of therapeutic strategies for ovarian and endometrial cancer by testing of these drugs in vitro and in vivo models. The Research Specialist will be closely working with Dr. George and other members of the Simpkins lab including research technicians, post-doctoral fellows, and research associates on publication-generating projects. The work will involve the use of cell culture and molecular biology as well as cutting-edge techniques such as survival surgery with orthotopic transplant of patient tumor in order to create PDX mouse models of ovarian and endometrial cancer. S/he will be working in an environment that is team oriented, where creativity, enthusiasm and dedicated effort are highly rewarded. Should the need arise (rarely), this position also may involve work on weekends and evenings.

Job Description

Dr. Erin George, as part of the Simpkins Laboratory at the Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center, is looking for a Research Specialist B to join her team. The Research Specialist will work on a project related to ovarian and endometrial cancer biology with the ultimate goal of developing novel therapeutics for these diseases. The Research Specialists B duties will primarily consist of managing multiple cell lines and performing standard molecular biology/biochemical techniques with minimal supervision. They will also assist with managing the mouse colony and patient-derived xenograft studies including drug treatment via oral gavage, surgical procedures, tumor measurement, necropsy and bio-banking, and data base entry. In addition to maintaining laboratory records and attending lab meetings, s/he will be responsible for some general laboratory duties.


Bachelor's degree and 1-3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

This position is contingent upon grant funding.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$36,401.00 - $55,814.33

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