Resource Technologist A/B (Department of Neurology)

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Sep 22, 2022
Full time Computer & Web Services, Info Technology

Job Description


Resource Technologist A/B (Department of Neurology)

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. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

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.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Resource Technologist A/B (Department of Neurology)

Job Profile Title
Resource Technologist A

Job Description Summary
The Neurology Department at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a highly motivated, dedicated, and detail-oriented Resource Technologist to coordinate clinical and translational research projects and assist in processing human biospecimens from these studies.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities

Tech A:
Sample coordination, documentation, and data management

The Center for Neuroinflammation and Experimental Therapeutics and the Bar-Or lab are at an exciting and critical period of growth in the development of a Precision Neuroimmunology Platform that will start with the creation of a streamlined biospecimen process. This Precision Neuroimmunology Platform will lead to discoveries in Neuroimmunology that will improve clinical diagnosis, care, and treatments for individuals living with these conditions that will ultimately improve their health. The Resource Technologist will play a pivotal role in the successful development of a central hub for patient biospecimen collection, processing, and storage for studies of neuroinflammatory and autoimmune conditions, such as the multi-center study looking at discontinuation of B-cell depleting treatment with Penn as the lead site. The successful candidate will be an integral team player and may be asked to support our clinical research team to coordinate, organize, and maintain all study documentation, or assist with composing and updating SOPs and regulatory documents. The candidate will also assist in external shipment of project supplies to participating centers, maintain sample schedule, and coordinate with team/personnel calendar to organize biospecimen processing.

Sample acquisition and handling, processing, storage, and tracking
The Resource Technologist will work closely with Research and Clinical teams at Penn and participating sites to triage/prioritize sample allocation, process human biospecimens following established standard procedures, and assist with management and storage of processed clinical samples using the LabVantage (LIMS) system. Other duties include pickup and/or delivery of clinical samples at various locations on UPENN's medical campus, and perform routine laboratory tasks including, but not limited to, media preparation, inventory management, and scheduled equipment maintenance.

Tech B:

In addition to the above responsibilities, this individual will assist the Clinical and Research Teams, and Principal Investigator(s) with project management, and other duties as assigned. This role will require a higher level of detail and organization in the oversight of the lab's multiple projects.

Position is contingent upon funding.


Tech A:

Bachelor's degree and 0-1 year of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Bachelor's Degree in biology, biochemistry, or related field with 1-2 year(s) of related experience in handling and processing human biospecimens, including blood and stool, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred. The highly desired candidate should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, effective problem-solving abilities, be detail-oriented, have effective communication and writing skills, possess strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to work in team environment as well as independently. Should be proficient in Microsoft Windows. Knowledge of IRB and human research protection regulations, REDCap, and Lab-Vantage is a bonus.

Tech B:

In addition to the above qualifications:

A minimum of 3 years of related laboratory bench experience are required or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$36,368.00 - $50,522.66
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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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