Research Specialist B - Bonini Lab, Penn Biology
University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Job location: Carolyn Hoff Lynch Biology Lab

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-08-14
Req: JR00038039
University OverviewThe 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 TitleResearch Specialist B - Bonini Lab, Penn BiologyJob Profile TitleResearch Specialist BJob Description SummaryResearch Specialist for Drosophila research laboratory. Research includes maintenance of Drosophila stocks, Drosophila genetics, Drosophila histological analysis, molecular biological analysis including PCR, cloning, preparation of constructs, RNA isolation, prepping biological material. Work includes help with various other tasks associated with research and generation of reagents for ongoing research in the laboratory. Science degree, outstanding organizational skills, and ability to work independently required. Experience with Drosophila genetics and molecular genetic techniques required.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 hiring a new new Research Specialist who will work with PI, postdoctoral scientists, and graduate students in the laboratory to conduct research for specific research projects of focus.Research will involve:

  • setting up and performing genetic crosses with Drosophila

  • performing genetic screens,

  • molecular and biological analysis of material, including taking images and histological analysis of material,

  • cloning and sequencing approaches, RNA preparations.

Research may also involve cultured cells, to extend the work from in vivo to cells in culture. The Research Specialist will aid in general maintenance of laboratory as well by overseeing databases for reagents, train new laboratory members in basic experimental approaches, and will help oversee and maintain laboratory equipment.

**This position is dependent on continued grant funding.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in biology, or related field, required; Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience working with Drosophila in a lab or research setting, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Working Conditions

  • Office, library, computer room

  • Requires extensive safety training

  • Exposure to chemicals

Physical Effort

  • Typically sitting at a desk or table

  • Occasional lifting 25 lbs. or less

  • Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping

  • Using tools requiring high dexterity

Job Location - City, StatePhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaDepartment / SchoolSchool of Arts and SciencesPay Range

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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