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University of Pennsylvania Senior Research Specialist - Bonini Lab, Penn Biology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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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.

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Posted Job Title

Senior Research Specialist - Bonini Lab, Penn Biology

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist C

Job Description Summary

This position will independently perform laboratory experiments using Drosophila that involved genetics, molecular genetics and genomics; oversee daily management of laboratory experiments, detailed documentation of experiments and processes to ensure regulatory compliance and timely completion of project goals; collaborate with other Senior Scientists and the Principal Investigator (PI) on experimental protocols and research, to meet goals in timely manner; and engaged in tasks to oversee the lab in a lab manager capacity – such as training and overseeing junior lab staff and students; this will also include ordering and maintaining organization of the laboratory.

Job Description

The Bonini lab specializes in using the genetically tractable model organism, Drosophila, as a tool to understand the molecular basis of disease and disorder of the brain, with a particular focus on degenerative processes including ALS/FTD, TBI and aging. We implement cutting-edge genetic, molecular and cellular approaches to develop and characterize models of these processes to study their molecular basis, with an emphasis on potential translatability to clinical improvement. The lab is looking to hire a new senior research specialist (Research Specialist C) to plan and conduct experiments to meet laboratory research project objectives. This position will independently perform laboratory experiments using Drosophila that involved genetics, molecular genetics and genomics; oversee daily management of laboratory experiments, detailed documentation of experiments and processes to ensure regulatory compliance and timely completion of project goals; collaborate with other Senior Scientists and the Principal Investigator (PI) on experimental protocols and research, to meet goals in timely manner; and engaged in tasks to oversee the lab in a lab manager capacity – such as training and overseeing junior lab staff and students; this will also include ordering and maintaining organization of the laboratory.

The ideal candidate will be a researcher with significant experience with model organism or Drosophila genetics and molecular biology techniques. Familiarity with RNA and ChIP sequencing techniques and bioinformatics data analysis is helpful. Will work on projects investigating the impact of genes on animal brain integrity. Techniques involved include animal husbandry and genetic crosses, molecular genetics for RNA, DNA and chromatin isolation, dissection of animal tissues with immunostaining, histochemistry, molecular genetic techniques, among others. The research specialist will be expected to have mastery of several techniques, master new techniques and independently perform experiments, analyze data, and prepare data summaries. They will work collaboratively in the laboratory, to aid projects of others and train new individuals in the laboratory. The successful candidate will have strong organization and experimental technical skill set plus expertise in writing, presentation, and data analysis.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • conducting complex studies independently in Drosophila genetics, selecting appropriate strains and selecting appropriate progeny of genetic crosses;

  • tissue acquisition and processing of Drosophila tissue for molecular genetic analysis including RNA isolation, western immunoblots, realtime PCR, immunoprecipitations;

  • performing histological and immunohistochemical experiments on various tissues including the brain;

  • maintaining Drosophila stock lines and creating new stocks;

  • analyze various Drosophila crosses for effects in various tissues, including in lifespan and tissue processing/histology; (6) keeping detailed laboratory notes, assembling reports and preparing data analysis for development of presentations and reports on research;

  • keeping laboratory chemical and supply inventory, and ordering supplies as needed.

  • training new laboratory members in key techniques.

Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree is required and 3 to 5 years of experience, preferable in Drosophila and/or in a molecular genetics and sequencing research setting.

Strong technical skills, plus strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently are required.

Working Conditions Laboratory; Requires extensive safety training Physical Effort Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less; Intermittently walking, stooping or standing.

The expected salary for this position is: $42,953.00 - $60,134.00​

This position is contingent on continued grant funding

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $65,861.00

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.

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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    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.

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