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Research Specialist C/D- Lab Manager (Department of Hematology/Oncology)

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 30, 2023

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time

Research Specialist C/D- Lab Manager (Department of Hematology/Oncology)

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. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

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.

COVID-19 vaccination or a University authorized exemption is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Research Specialist C/D- Lab Manager (Department of Hematology/Oncology)

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist C

Job Description Summary
This Research Specialist C/D -- LAB MANAGER position will be responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the laboratory, which includes 10,000 sq ft of research space, a Biosafety Level 2/3 suite, a DNA sequencing core laboratory, 25 staff members, and an annual operating budget in excess of $10 million. Duties of this position include supervision and training of lab staff members in safety protocols and proper research techniques; overseeing the ordering of research supplies and equipment; and ensuring proper use and upkeep of all equipment. This position will be responsible for assigning shared work responsibilities to each of the 25 lab staff members so as to maintain efficient, effective and safe operations of the laboratory. This position will have four research staff who report to it for daily assignments in the conduct of basic research projects that are critical to the research mission of the lab. This position will work closely with the Lab Principal Investigators (Drs. George M. Shaw and Beatrice H. Hahn) to oversee the conduct of all laboratory activities carried out by the 25 member lab staff. The laboratory pursues basic and translational research on global pathogens including HIV, HCV, malaria and COVID, which requires that this position have a high level of scientific understanding along with strong management skills. The individual who fills this position will conduct hands-on bench research related to HIV vaccine development under the direction of Drs. Shaw and Hahn.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities

Research Specialist C
  • Design and execute molecular, biological, and immunological experiments.
  • Isolate primary human and monkey lymphocytes.
  • Generate and maintain stable cell lines.
  • Conduct protein purification, Western Blot, immunocytochemistry, RT-PCR, and other biochemical techniques.
  • Generate graphs and diagrams for publications and contribute to the preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts.
  • Perform lab maintenance and prep work, including preparation of solutions and reagents.
  • Monitor, maintain, and order supplies. Ensure that equipment is maintained and serviced.
  • Supervise and train laboratory personnel including students.


  • Bachelor of Science and 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Research Specialist D

All duties listed above plus:
  • Design and execute experiments and interpret results. Problem solve and troubleshoot.
  • Analyze data including statistical analysis using custom and third-party software.
  • Write and maintain technical protocols.
  • Develop content for grant proposals and manuscripts.

  • Master's degree in biology, bioengineering, chemistry or molecular biology, or related field and 3-5 years of lab experience with extensive experience in molecular and cell biology and biochemistry techniques, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Competency in cloning, primer construct, PCR, gel and PCR purification highly desirable. Highly motivated individual, must have strong organizational skills, good oral and written communication skills, and be able to work independently and be a team player. Ability to coordinate multiple projects independently. or equivalent combination of education and experience

Targeted Pay Range: $67,795 - $76,973. Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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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