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Research Specialist B/C (Department of Otorhinolaryngology)

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 21, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Research Specialist B/C (Department of Otorhinolaryngology)

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.

Posted Job Title
Research Specialist B/C (Department of Otorhinolaryngology)

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist B

Job Description Summary
The translational head and neck cancer program at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer center is seeking Research Specialist to join our team. The Research Specialist will assist our preclinical efforts to test and develop novel therapies against human papilloma virus (HPV)-related head and neck cancer. The successful candidate will participate in developing, conducting, and troubleshooting in vivo experiments using mouse models of head and neck cancer. Other roles include collecting and recording data and providing lab managerial assistance under the supervision of the PI in the laboratory. Occasional weekend/evenings required. Demonstrated experience in working with rodent models conducting engraftment experiments is required.

Job Description

The primary role of the Research Specialist B will be to support all aspects of studies in mice that test novel targeted therapies against head and neck cancer. Specifically, the job includes assistance with mouse tumor engraftment, administering investigational treatments, and monitoring response. In addition, the Research Specialist will assist with harvesting mouse tumor blood, marrow, and lymphoid organs and performing immune profiling analysis.

In addition, a major responsibility will be to organize and facilitate daily laboratory operations, including train and supervising students and others in basic laboratory techniques and use of facilities and equipment; ensure compliance with safety and other (IACUC, IRB) regulated standards; supply and equipment ordering and maintenance; evaluation and selection of laboratory equipment; supervise lab stock inventories.

Excellent analytical and decision-making skills are expected. Strong organizational skills, reliability, the ability to work independently, and good interpersonal skills are essential. Some prior experience in rodent experiments is beneficial. Candidate should be motivated to learn new technologies and must possess the ability to coordinate many activities concurrently. Basic knowledge of cell culture and general molecular biology procedures is essential. Experience in FACS analysis, primary human immune cells, cell and tissue harvest, RNA-sequencing, and immunohistochemistry are additional assets.


Research Specialist B- A minimum of a Bachelor's degree and 1 to 3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Research Specialist C Job Responsibilities

The Research Specialist C position will perform the duties outlined for the Research Specialist B position, with the additional expectation that the candidate will work more independently to develop and design experiments and analyze data and have more extensive expertise in a broader range of laboratory procedures. This individual will also be expected to participate in multiple ongoing projects, including developing collaborative research with other labs at the University.


Research Specialist C - The minimum of a Bachelor's degree and 3 to 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master's degree is a plus.

The position is contingent upon continued funding.

Working Conditions:
Animal research facilities, Offices, Libraries, and Computer Rooms Require extensive safety training and protective devices, Exposure to Chemicals, and working with rodents.
Physical Effort:
Typically sitting at a desk or table, standing and walking, intermittently sitting, standing, and stooping, Occasionally lifting 25lb. or less

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$37,220.00 - $67,794.79 Annual Rate
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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