Senior Research Specialist (C) - Betley Lab, Penn Biology

Senior Research Specialist (C) - Betley Lab, Penn Biology

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Posted Job Title
Senior Research Specialist (C) - Betley Lab, Penn Biology

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist C

Job Description Summary
The Betley lab is looking for a new senior research specialist to join the lab. The Betley lab researches neural circuits to better understand feeding behavior and associated pathological diseases. This new staff member will oversee animal colony maintenance, surgeries, data collection and analysis, and daily lab management.

Job Description

The goal of the Betley Lab is to elucidate the organization of neural circuits that determine feeding behavior. We use state-of-the-art techniques to observe and manipulate specific neural populations during feeding in physiological and pathological conditions (e.g. obesity). The lab is now looking to hire a new senior research specialist to join the group. This position is for someone with several years of experience working in a neurology lab setting and can- with sufficient Penn-specific training - rapidly become an integral part of the research team, and independently lead projects and oversee student workers. This individual, with minimal supervision, will plan and conduct complex rodent surgeries, in vivo calcium imaging, optogenetics, behavioral experiments, molecular analysis of intracellular signaling pathways, and data organization and analysis (using spreadsheet, graphics, and statistical packages) to meet research project objectives. Molecular biology training and virology (running a lab viral production) would be significant pluses. This position will oversee the management of laboratory inventory, operations, and animal colony to ensure regulatory compliance and timely completion of project deliverables. They will be responsible for organizing and overseeing activities of undergraduate students, participating in scientific discussions about experimental design and interpretation of results. They will also play a key role in working with the rest of the research team to select design experiments, collect data, and analyze and communicate results. The ideal candidate is highly organized and an effective communicator.

Specifically, this position will be expected to:
  • Plan experiments
  • Conduct and or assist in behavioral and physiological testing and rodent surgery, molecular biology and viral production
  • Analyze data, interpret and communicate results
  • Manage laboratory reagent upkeep
  • Manage laboratory animal resources
  • Ensure regulatory compliance
  • Train laboratory staff

The expected salary offer for this position will be between $43,919 - $60,617.

This position is contingent on continued grant funding.

A Bachelor's Degree in biology or a related field with 3 years to 5 years of experience in a research setting is required. Experience working with rodents in research setting is expected along with prior experience working in a neurobiology lab setting.

Working Conditions
Laboratory; Requires extensive safety

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less; using tools that require a high degree of dexterity

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

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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.

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