Research Specialist, Department Of Biology

University of Pennsylvania

Caroline Springs, VIC

Posted 4/16/2021

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Posted Job Title
Research Specialist, Department of Biology
Job Profile Title
Research Specialist C

Job Description Summary

The Ren Lab, in the Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, is primarily focused on two research fields: 1) neuronal excitability and its implication in intellectual disability, and 2) lysosomal biology and its role in neurodegenerative diseases. To help achieve research goals, the Ren lab is searching for a highly skilled senior Research Specialist to join the team.

Job Description

The Research Specialist will independently plan and perform research on physiological functions of ion channel proteins to meet defined scientific objectives. The Research Specialist will also design research projects and independently carry out highly specialized electrophysiological recording of ion channel activities using patch clamp techniques applied to cultured cells and brain slices. The individual in this position will require extensive experience in patch clamp recording electrophysiological techniques applied to neurons and other cells. This senior Research Specialist will also assist with overseeing normal lab activity, and at times may oversee junior research staff and assist with the training of new graduate students. They will also be responsible for mouse colony maintenance and upkeep of critical lab equipment/reagents. An individual in this position will also be expected to summarize experimental data, write reports and manuscripts for scientific publication, present findings at scientific meetings and help with grant application. At times the Research Specialist will also be responsible for maintaining collaborations with other external research groups, or assisting with external funding application preparation.


  • Design and perform electrophysiological experiments to study physiological functions of ion channel proteins. The duty requires extensive experience in patch clamp recording electrophysiological techniques applied to neurons and other cells.
  • Manage day to day lab activities, oversee junior level lab staff, and train new graduate students. May require purchasing supplies, preparing reagents, and maintaining equipment logs, or delegating these tasks as appropriate.
  • Design and perform animal experiment. This includes successfully working with ULAR staff and completing all necessary safety trainings to independently complete necessary projects, and supervising students in proper vivarium protocols
  • Write research papers for publication, and present data/findings at group meetings or, if required, at conferences.
  • Collaborate with external collaborators, and manage relationships to generate novel and high-quality research findings.

Minimum Qualifications

B.S. degree in biomedical sciences, or a related field (Ph.D. preferred), along with 3-5 years of laboratory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. The ideal candidate will have experience in research, clinical study, project and people management. Extensive experience in patch clamp recording electrophysiological techniques applied to neurons and other cells strongly 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

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