The University of Pittsburgh Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology is seeking a qualified Research Specialist.
The Research Specialist position is to perform animal experiments on rodents and conduct molecular and cell biology studies involving biochemical assays, recombinant protein expression/purification, immunoblotting, co-immunoprecipitation, and a range of cell-based assays (cell growth, survival, migration, and differentiation). Duties will include routine laboratory procedures and tests, lab maintenance, designing/conducting experiments, analyzing data and generate lab reports, and supervising/training junior lab members and students. Must be proficient in animal studies and have experience working with tumor xenografts and genetic mouse models of cancer.
Minimum Related Experience Level Required
2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
B.S. in life sciences or related field. Cell culture experience essential. Animal work experience required. Gel electrophoresis, biochemical assays, cell handling experience desired. Basic molecular biology skills including ability to transform bacteria, purify protein, perform DNA plasmid preparation, and other routine molecular biological techniques are highly desirable.
Child Protection Clearances
The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Scheduled Work Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:
Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match
Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance
Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)
Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
Pitt... faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.
Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.
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