Research Specialist B/C (Penn Vet Cancer Center) at University of Pennsylvania

Posted in Other 6 days ago.

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Job Description:

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 B/C (Penn Vet Cancer Center)

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist B

Job Description Summary
We are seeking an enthusiastic and organized individual to work in a supportive, friendly and innovative research environment. You will be part of a growing team in an NIH-NCI funded laboratory. The focus of the group is to uncover prognostic and therapeutic roles of T cells in hematologic neoplasms utilizing a multispecies comparative approach. Laboratory work is driven by the identification and appraisal of novel targets for T cell-based immunotherapy in clinical trials of canine patients with spontaneous and aggressive tumors bearing translational importance for human oncology. Ultimately our mission is to improve treatment outcomes for both veterinary and human oncology patients by utilizing the One Health, One Medicine approach.

Job Description

The candidate will be involved in planning and conducting ongoing research in comparative onco-immunology and will also act as laboratory support for processing of veterinary clinical trial samples alongside organizational laboratory duties. The ideal candidate will have a BS with 2-5 years of experience in immunology, molecular biology, or related fields. Must have experience performing tissue culture. Previous experience in standard methods including T cell culture, nucleic acid isolation, molecular cloning, qPCR, and flow cytometry are strongly preferred. Must have strong work ethic, communication & organization skills, and a willingness to learn new methods & techniques as the projects evolves. Candidate must work independently and be able to design and trouble shoot new experiments.

The role includes managerial duties for the Atherton Lab with responsibilities for ordering supplies and reagents, interfacing with other laboratories and clinical staff to coordinate transfer of materials and perform general organizational tasks. Additionally, the position will support the efforts of the lab in developing novel cell-based immunotherapies for the treatment of spontaneous malignancies in pet dogs. Research Specialist will be involved in planning and conducting ongoing research with an expectation for authorship on scientific manuscripts. Initially the specialist will work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) to learn techniques and experimental designs to develop protocols for the lab.


  • We are looking for a motivated individual who has experience and skills in tissue culture, protein analysis (specifically flow cytometry and ELISA) and molecular biology (nucleic acid isolation, qPCR, and molecular cloning).

  • Willingness to receive and process clinical samples for research purposes, including evening and weekend work as needed. Veterinary experience is not necessary.

  • Computer literacy. Experience with FlowJo and GraphPad Prism is a beneficial but not required.

  • Ability to analyze and troubleshoot experimental conditions.

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

  • Research Specialist B
    : Bachelor of Science and 2 to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Targeted pay range is $37,220 to $56,087.

  • Research Specialist C
    : Bachelor of Science and 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Targeted pay range is $43,919 to $66,183.

This Targeted Pay Range is only applicable to this job posting. All 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
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$37,220.00 - $56,087.33Salary 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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