Master's Level- Research Asst - Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine the Lung Research Group

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_ABRAMSON-Abramson Building 

Req ID: 223354

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

As part of the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, the Lung Research Group at CHOP is dedicated to understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying lung diseases in children and adults. Ongoing studies in the Zepp laboratory aim to understand how the lung responds to environmental injury and how to repair damaged lung tissue. The Zepp lab is translating these findings to identify molecular targets in lung diseases. The Zepp lab takes a comprehensive approach that includes genetic mouse models, three-dimensional in vitro cell culture, live imaging, and molecular and transcriptomic profiling to interrogate novel cellular processes. We are looking for a new team member to become an integral member of our team. The top qualities we’re looking for are a strong work ethic, a good team player, and enthusiasm to make fundamental scientific discoveries. We need an organized, detail-oriented Research Assistant with experience working in a research laboratory and with mice.


The Research Assistant II will assist and work closely with the PI, Dr. Zepp. About 50% of this position will involve bench work, including PCR, DNA/RNA extraction, single-cell library preparation, mouse lung tissue harvests, and histological processing. The ideal candidate will be offered extensive training with all techniques but will be expected to become proficient in performing these techniques after training and practice. Additional work would include helping with general lab upkeep, ordering reagents/supplies, data collection, analysis, and confocal imaging.


The ideal candidate will have a BS in Biology or related fields. The candidate should also have either an MS with research experience or 2-4 years of experience working in a laboratory. Previous experience in mouse handling is highly preferred, and experience in standard laboratory techniques (pipetting, PCR, gel electrophoresis, tissue culture) is required. The ideal candidate will be well organized with great attention to detail and the ability to maintain precise notes of all experimental information in a hard-copy and digital format. All lab members are expected to maintain a respectful and collegial academic environment. For more information on the Zepp lab, visit

Job Responsibilities

  • Performs lab tests which require the analysis of results and interpretation of methods
  • Performs research procedures on experimental samples as agreed with PI
  • Plans and develops specific research protocols and procedures
  • Develops & troubleshooting new techniques and ideas
  • Composes methods and sets-up protocols accurately under the direction of the program director or senior scientist, modifies methods and protocols when required
  • Formulates and performs complex lab experiments and analyzes & reports the data
  • Presents & discusses work at weekly lab meetings
  • Prepares laboratory reagents and monitors and maintains inventory
  • Performs calculations and maintains appropriate log books and lab notebooks
  • Maintains laboratory equipment, safety procedures and compliance records
  • Researches journal, white papers and other scientific publications for pertinent information
  • Prepares data for publication or presentation at national/international symposia
  • May be called upon to present at national symposia
  • Supervises junior members of laboratory.

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations


Required Education and Experience

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree


Required Experience:

  • At least one (1) year scientifically relevant experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education:

  • Master’s degreewith one (1) or more years of scientifically relevant experience OR
  • Bachelor's Degree with four (4) or more years of scientifically relevant experience

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Proficient in various research and/or analytical techniques required

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