University of Pennsylvania RESEARCH SPECIALIST D in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-27886


School Name Perelman School of Medicine

Org CI-Center for Cellular Immunotherapy

Posted to the Web 06/04/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 027

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 8-5pm

Months 12

Position Length Contingent Upon Funding

Position End Date

University Overview

The 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.

School/Center Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.


The Product Development Research Specialist D will provide support for multiple research projects related to improving gene/cell therapy product development in the Center for Cellular Immunotherapy (CCI) at the University of Pennsylvania. This individual will report directly to the Director and Project Managers of Product Development and be responsible for development and implementation of assays supporting all the research activities at the Product Development Laboratory (PDL). Primary duties will include the development and implementation of high quality polychromatic flow cytometry and cell-based assays, clinical-scale cell processing for the isolation, transduction, expansion, formulation and cryopreservation of human T cells. During the process of cell culture, aseptic sterile techniques and universal blood precautions will be observed. Additional responsibilities will include the development and qualification/validation of standard operating procedures (SOPs), performance of assays, data analysis and presentation of data, laboratory management duties including materials and equipment management, training others in techniques and procedures, and interactions with vendors. Expertise with polychromatic flow cytometry, general laboratory operations, and the handling and processing of primary clinical samples are pre-requisites for this position. This position requires an extensive training period for an individual who is able to excel in a group while also demonstrating a capability for decisiveness, attention to detail and personal responsibility. Finally, the Product Development Research Specialist D will undertake cross-functional engagement with the Cell and Vaccine Production Facility (CVPF) and Translational and Correlative Sciences (TCSL) teams for translation of new processes/genetically-engineered cellular products to the clinic.


The minimum of a Master’s degree and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. PhD and 3-5 years of relevant experience in immunology, tissue culture, flow cytometry, and related disciplines preferred. Understanding of manufacturing and product development as it relates to gene and cell therapy. Prior experience working in large, complex organizations such as the University of Pennsylvania. Prior experience with providing support for complicated research projects with multiple sub-teams of researchers.Previous lab experience in areas of cancer and HIV preferredStrong background and demonstrated experience in T cell immunology and flow cytometry. Self-starterAbility to work independentlyStrong communication skills (verbal and written)Strong experience working on research teams and directly participating in research studies.Strong multitasking abilities and an extremely high-level of reliability and dependability.Excellent organizational record keeping skills are necessaryStrong interpersonal skills*Ability to develop and maintain multiple internal and external relationships regarding research

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.

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