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Research Specialist B/C (Orthopaedic Surgery Research)

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Posted Job Title
Research Specialist B/C (Orthopaedic Surgery Research)

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist B

Job Description Summary
We are seeking a full time Research Specialist to join the Translational Spine and Joint Research Laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. The successful applicant will contribute to multidisciplinary research projects, including those focused on developing minimally-invasive therapeutics for low back pain, and novel treatments for children with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). A unique strength of our laboratory's research program is that it spans from basic, mechanistic studies, right through to preclinical studies in animal models and clinical studies in human patients. The position will include the opportunity to participate in the vibrant scientific life of Penn's world-renowned Orthopaedic Surgery department, which was recently named number one for NIH funding.

Position contingent upon funding.

Job Description

We are seeking a full time Research Specialist to join the Translational Spine and Joint Research Laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. The successful applicant will contribute to multidisciplinary research projects, including those focused on developing minimally-invasive therapeutics for low back pain, and novel treatments for children with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). A unique strength of our laboratory's research program is that it spans from basic, mechanistic studies, right through to preclinical studies in animal models and clinical studies in human patients. Duties will include contributing to laboratory research, encompassing techniques that include working with small and large animal models, cell culture, RNA and protein assays, drug delivery, histology, imaging and biomechanical testing. Previous experience in musculoskeletal research would be highly regarded.

Duties will also include coordination of clinical studies with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, including management of biospecimens, and as such familiarity with human subjects research will be highly regarded. The successful candidate will also be responsible for overall lab management, including overseeing lab safety, training and inventory. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be an excellent verbal and written communicator; have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; and be willing to learn new skills.

The Research Specialist C will be required to carry out higher level responsibilities, including conducting independent research with minimal supervision, assisting with grant and manuscript preparation, conducting literature searches, and supervising more junior staff members and students.

The position will include the opportunity to co-author peer-reviewed manuscripts and participate in the vibrant scientific life of Penn's world-renowned Orthopaedic Surgery department, which was recently named number one for NIH funding.

Qualifications

Research Specialist B - Bachelor's Degree in biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biotechnology or a related field and 1-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Research Specialist C-Bachelor's Degree in biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biotechnology or a related field and 3-5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master's degree preferred.

Experience in several of the following areas is required: working with in vivo animal models including mouse colony maintenance (breeding, genotyping and euthanasia); cell culture; RNA and protein assays (e.g. qPCR and ELISAs); histology and immunohistochemistry; imaging (e.g. microscopy, microCT, MRI and ultrasound); and soft tissue biomechanics. Competence with PC computers and familiarity with statistical software is required. Previous experience in musculoskeletal research is preferred. Familiarity with human subjects research and experience managing human biospecimens is preferred. Lab management experience, including taking inventory; ordering supplies; maintaining equipment; and maintaining general cleanliness and safety within laboratory areas is preferred.

It is important that the candidate possesses an eagerness to learn new scientific ideas and methods, is able to conduct a literature review to assist in determining suitable methodology, can work well as part of a team, and is able to precisely follow instructions. Successful candidates must be detail oriented, self-motivated, and have excellent organization and communication (written and oral) skills. They must also possess the ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, work independently, use good judgment, and monitor completion of assigned tasks. For the Research Specialist C, in addition to the above, applicants should have experience independently conducting complex research projects, ideally evidenced by authorship of peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts. Experience supervising and training laboratory technicians and students is required. Experience preparing and revising animal research protocols is preferred. Experience preparing manuscripts, grants and Powerpoint presentations is preferred.

The position is contingent upon funding

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$37,220.00 - $56,087.33

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.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.



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