Research Specialist C (Orthopaedic Surgery Research)

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Research Specialist C (Orthopaedic Surgery Research)

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Posted Job Title
Research Specialist C (Orthopaedic Surgery Research)

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist C

Job Description Summary
This is a full time research engineer position in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. The research focus of the group is on stem cell mechanobiology and tissue engineering. Duties: The candidate will carry out independent experiments relating to the design and fabrication of anatomic tissue-engineered implants for the repair and replacement of osteochondral tissues. These experiments will include production of biomaterials, production of engineered constructs, mechanical testing of constructs, histological analysis of constructs, and biochemical and molecular analysis of constructs, as well as planning and implementing surgical implantation of constructs in a large animal model and assessment thereof. The research Spec C will also work independently in the design and development of mechanical testing and motion tracking devices. This includes designing using CAD/drafting software, and manufacturing by machining (Lathe, Milling Machine, Drill Press, CNC Mill, Laser Cutter, and other Advanced Manufacturing Devices) and 3D printing. The candidate will develop and program software for robotic motion control actuation and measurement and mechanical data analysis utilizing advanced programming in Arduino, Labview, Matlab, C, and Python. The candidate will also perform advanced 3D modeling and design and produce mechanical devices in machine ships located at McKay and across campus. The candidate will provide technical guidance and assistance to post-docs, graduate students, and research staff within the group in the design and development of mechanical testing devices and analysis software. Other duties will include management of laboratory resources, oversight of the laboratory chemical inventory and safety plan, maintenance of laboratory equipment (including computers), laboratory stock solutions, ordering supplies for the group, monitoring expenses, keeping an organized notebook, and training new staff in relevant procedures. Position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

This is a full time research engineer position in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. The research focus of the group is on stem cell mechanobiology and tissue engineering. The Research Spec C will work independently in the design and development of mechanical testing and motion tracking devices. This includes designing using CAD/drafting software, and manufacturing by machining (Lathe, Milling Machine, Drill Press, CNC Mill, Laser Cutter, and other Advanced Manufacturing Devices) and 3D printing. The candidate will develop and program software for robotic motion control actuation and measurement and mechanical data analysis utilizing advanced programing in Arduino, Labview, Matlab, C, and Python. The candidate will also perform advanced 3D modeling and design, and produce mechanical devices in machine ships located at McKay and across the campus. The candidate will provide technical guidance and assistance to post-docs, graduate students, and research staff within the group in the design and development of mechanical testing devices and analysis software. The candidate will lead in the planning and execution of independent experiments relating to the design and fabrication of anatomic tissue-engineered implants for the repair and replacement of osteochondral tissues. These experiments will include production of biomaterials, production of engineered constructs, mechanical testing of constructs, histological analysis of constructs, and biochemical and molecular analysis of constructs, as well as planning and implementing surgical implantation of constructs in a large animal model and assessment thereof. Other duties will include management of laboratory resources, oversight of chemical hygiene plan and management, maintenance of laboratory equipment (including computers), laboratory stock solutions, ordering supplies for the group, monitoring expenses, keeping an organized notebook, and training new staff in relevant procedures. The candidate will also take a leadership role in study planning, surgeries, and analysis of large animal experiments.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The minimum of a Bachelor's Degree with 3-5 years experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Master's Degree and 3-5 years' experience MS in Engineering (Mechanical or Biomedical) is preferred. The candidate must be self-motivated, reliable, responsible, and comfortable with mechanical design and development, and the use of advanced manufacturing tools. The candidate must have excellent skills and experience with CAD design and drafting, 3D printing, machining (Lathe, Milling Machine, Drill Press, CNC Mill, Laser Cutter, and other Advanced Manufacturing Devices) and candidate must have experience in electrical engineering, circuit design and construction, robotic motion control actuation and measurement, and microcontrollers. Extensive experience in biomedical research is required. The candidate must also have experience working directly with large animals in a research setting and must be well versed in laboratory animal husbandry, aseptic surgical technique, and large animal anatomy. Good organization, communication, and writing skills are required. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint is required and some familiarity with computer networking and troubleshooting is a plus. Position is contingent upon funding.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

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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.
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  • 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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