Research Specialist A/B (Pathobiology)

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, US
Jul 19, 2021
Aug 14, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
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Posted Job Title
Research Specialist A/B (Pathobiology)
Job Profile Title
Research Specialist B
Job Description Summary
The main focus of this position is to provide specialized technical support to the Comparative Pathology Core.
Job Description
As a research specialist, the employee is expected to support the mission of the CPC, a shared resource within the Abramson Cancer Center. The recent expansion of services and work volume of the CPC requires highly skilled and organized team members. In this role, the employee will maintain and expand the following services (1) immunostaining for molecular labeling utilizing the Bond RX platform for immunohistochemistry, multiplex immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization; (2) Digital pathology and whole slide advanced image analysis utilizing the Aperio VERSA and eSlide Manager system. Additional responsibilities for the CPC may include assisting in detailed mouse phenotyping studies. The employee will also be integral in creating and maintaining quality control/quality assessment protocols and standard operating procedures for CPC activities.
The employee is expected to be responsible for the day to day operations and act as the contact person of these services, with oversight from the CPC directors.
- Develop and execute protocols for tissue-based molecular techniques (immunohistochemistry, multiplex immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization).
- Manage the digital pathology platform: perform whole slide scanning; and maintain the database; assist in advanced image analysis studies.
- Update and maintain QA/QC protocols, SOPs, and databases, and develop new protocols to meet the needs of expanding CPC service activities.
- Assist in mouse phenotyping studies: perform necropsy, tissue and blood collection, tissue fixation, trimming, and processing.
- Provide guidance and ensure adequate cross-training of other staff members for activities under his/her direct responsibility
- Communicate and coordinate with investigators: transfer/delivery of samples, request registration, database log entry, troubleshooting.
- Ensure daily instrument maintenance, schedule maintenance repair, and maintain a clean, functional, and well organized work area.
- Monitor, maintain, and order reagents and supplies for the immunostaining services.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
Research Specialist A: Bachelor's Degree and 0 to 1 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Research Specialist B: Bachelor's Degree and 1 to 2 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Working Conditions:
Office, library or computer room
Exposure to chemicals
Occasional lifting 25lbs or less
Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping
Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine
Pay Range
$36,401.00 - $65,521.00
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