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University of Pennsylvania Research Specialist A in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.

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 A

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary

Research Specialist to participate in Drosophila experiments and oversee day to day lab operations and supply.

Job Description

The research specialist will collaborate closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) or senior research staff to design and perform, using standard lab techniques, Drosophila experiments to meet project objectives. The specialist, with limited supervision, will be expected to collect and analyze data from the experiments and present the results at regularly scheduled lab meetings. Research includes: Drosophila genetics, Drosophila histological analysis, molecular biological analysis including PCR, cloning, preparation of constructs, RNA isolation, and prepping biological material. The research specialist will also be expected to assist with general lab maintenance including the generation and prepping of reagents; maintenance of Drosophila stocks; regular upkeep of laboratory equipment, documentation and processes to ensure regulatory compliance; and ordering supplies for the lab group. At times may be asked to assist with overseeing undergraduate research assistants.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology or related field and 0-1 year of related experience in research methodologies, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required.

  • Familiarity with drosophila research preferred.

Working Conditions

  • Office, Library, Computer Room;

  • Requires extensive safety

Physical Effort

  • Typically sitting at a desk or table;

  • Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$32,000.00 - $57,600.00

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.

The University of Pennsylvania's special character is reflected in the diversity of the Penn community. We seek talented faculty and staff who will constitute a vibrant community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic status. Grounded in equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and affirmative action, Penn's robust commitment to diversity is fundamental to the University's mission of advancing knowledge, educating leaders for all sectors of society, and public service. The University of Pennsylvania prohibits unlawful discrimination based on 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.