Temporary Part-time Research Specialist (Lennon Laboratory)

Temporary Part-time Research Specialist (Lennon Laboratory)

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Posted Job Title
Temporary Part-time Research Specialist (Lennon Laboratory)

Job Profile Title
Temporary Employee - Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary
We are seeking a motivated, organized, and energetic temporary part-time Research Technician at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Lennon.

You will work in a supportive, team-based atmosphere in a small, growing group dedicated to studying diseases that affect people as well as cats and dogs, with the goal of improving quality of life for all: One Health, One Medicine. Projects in the laboratory include studying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in dogs and cats. We are a comparative and translational laboratory using in vitro, intestinal organoid, and murine models, as well as clinical samples from dogs and cats. Our ultimate goal is to discover new treatments for these debilitating conditions.

This is a temporary part-time position for 20 hours per week.

Job Description

You will be responsible for performing and organizing laboratory experiments in a cutting-edge research environment based in one of America's most vibrant, exciting metropolitan hubs.

Our group actively participates in immunology and gastroenterology graduate groups and NIH-funded centers the University of Pennsylvania, including the Immunology Graduate Group and Institute for Immunology , the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group , and the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases . The temporary part-time Research Technician will be given the opportunity to lead and contribute to projects, and authorship on scientific manuscripts is expected.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently and will be thorough and efficient in planning and carrying out experimentation. Troubleshooting and redesigning experiments will be expected, and a knowledge of proper experimental controls is necessary. This position requires assisting graduate students and postdoctoral students with their research studies. Additionally, the candidate may assist with animal husbandry and genotyping for some of our key genetic strains. The successful candidate will have excellent intrapersonal skills and will be comfortable working collaboratively with students, research assistants, and principal investigators.


1. We are looking for an enthusiastic, driven individual who has experience and skills in protein analysis (Western blot, immunofluorescence, ELISA, multicolor flow cytometry), primary cell culture, molecular biology (mRNA isolation, qPCR), and animal handling. Veterinary experience is not necessary.

2. Willingness to receive and process clinical samples for research purposes, including evening and weekend work as needed.

3. Computer literacy. Experience with R Statistical Software is a benefit but is not required.

4. Ability to analyze and troubleshoot experimental conditions.

5. Strong communication and organizational skills, strict attention to detail, and the ability to work independently in a collaborative environment.

6. Bachelor's degree plus at least one year of experience or equivalent is required.


Applications should include:

1. A Curriculum Vitae, including publications if applicable

2. A letter of intent indicating research interests and career goals

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Lennon, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine at mlennon@vet.upenn.edu .

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$7.25 - $155.75

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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 may be required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

To apply, visit https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/upenn/careers-at-penn/job/Vet-School-Rosenthal-Bldg/Temporary-Part-time-Research-Specialist--Lennon-Laboratory-_JR00057066

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