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Research Specialist A/B (Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health)

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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/B (Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health)

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary
The Research Specialist A/B is a jointly held position between the Ovarian Cancer Research Center (OCRC) and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Center (PCRC) and reports to both Research Project Manager in the OCRC BioTrust and Dr. Ben Stanger and Kim Reiss Binder in the PCRC. The Research Specialist is responsible for the entire life cycle of the specimens, starting from identifying potential patients, procurement in cooperation with HUP, PAH, and CCH surgical teams to aseptic processing, through banking and inventory management, to retrieval and disbursement. Essential daily routine also requires the Research Specialist to spend time in Gynecologic Oncology clinic as well as Pancreatic Oncology clinic to interact with new and returning patients and obtain consent for tumor banking purposes and Rapid Autopsy Program purposes as well. Our newest endeavor in the OCRC BioTrust is the Rapid Autopsy Program (aka Penn Legacy Tissue Program) RAP has many moving parts and requires coordination between the patient and their care team, the anatomic pathology department. the research team, and any necessary transportation.

Job Description

The Research Specialist A/B is a jointly held position between the Ovarian Cancer Research Center (OCRC) and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Center (PCRC) and reports to both Research Project Manager in the OCRC BioTrust and Dr. Ben Stanger and Kim Reiss Binder in the PCRC. The Research Specialist A(RS) is responsible for the entire life cycle of the specimens, starting from identifying potential patients, procurement in cooperation with HUP, PAH, and CCH surgical teams to aseptic processing, through banking and inventory management, to retrieval and disbursement. Essential daily routine also requires the Research Specialist to spend time in Gynecologic Oncology clinic as well as Pancreatic Oncology clinic to interact with new and returning patients and obtain consent for tumor banking purposes and Rapid Autopsy Program purposes as well. Close communication and coordination with the clinicians surgery schedules, and the Research Specialist will be the key to perform this responsibility. The RS maintains meticulous auditable records, in a HIPPA compliant manner, of all specimens collected so they can be linked back to the original donor de-identified as appropriate. The RS aids in regulatory compliance by tracking informed consents and by writing and revising SOPs. Specimens include but are not limited to blood, various fluid samples, and solid tumor tissues. Processing skills include dissection, tissue sampling and preparation, blood handling and gradient purification, and advance cell techniques for working with primary cells. The RS is responsible for monitoring and maintaining all laboratory equipment. The RS liaises with cooperative entities including clinicians, the clinical translational research teams, and the staff at facilities such as TTAB and Pathology. The RS is an integral player by being the center of coordination and execution for all these moving parts and will play a pivotal role in successful development and establishment of a new Rapid Autopsy Program in the PCRC as well as in continuous support of the OCRC RAP. Must be able to work after hours and weekends in case of rapid autopsy collection and tumor processing from late surgeries on weekdays.

Research Specialist B: Will have the duties outlined above for the Research Specialist A, with the additional expectation that s(he) will show a higher degree of independence, including the ability to design and troubleshoot experiments with greater autonomy and interpret study results with a lesser degree of input from supervisor(s).

Position is contingent upon funding.
Qualifications:
Research Specialist A: Bachelor's Degree with 0-1 year of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies or equivalent combination of education and experience required

Research Specialist B: Bachelor's Degree with 1-3 year of related experience in research and clinical study methodologies or equivalent combination of education and experience required

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$35,568.00 - $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.

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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