Research Tech II

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

Req ID: 24022

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Research Technician II will have a BS or BA degree in the biological or chemical sciences or another scientific discipline and will conduct translational pediatric cancer and immuno-oncology research under the direction/guidance of Dr. Kris Bosse in collaboration with the St. Baldricks-Stand Up To Cancer Immunogenomics Team ( Dr. Bosse’s laboratory is focused on developing immunotherapeutic strategies targeting tumor integral cell surfaces molecules in neuroblastoma and other incurable pediatric cancers (see Bosse et al., 2017 Cancer Cell as an example). The research technician will join a growing translational research team based in his laboratory, and work in collaboration with several other laboratories at CHOP/Penn. Ongoing projects include translating current immunotherapies in the lab across pediatric cancers, new immunotherapeutic target discovery in neuroblastoma and other pediatric cancers, chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy and antibody-drug conjugate development, defining mechanisms of tumor cell intrinsic and extrinsic immune escape and deciphering the key biologic functions of prioritized immunotherapeutic targets. Diverse molecular biology, genomic, and in vitro and in vivo laboratory techniques will be employed.  

Job Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will (1) Work independently and be self-directed with guidance from the principal investigator, (2) Develop new experimental procedures and hypotheses for further investigation and will help the principle investigator publish and present research results, (3) Assist with the management of laboratory operations, (4) Collaborate and interact with other researchers within the laboratory, institution and at other institutions, (5) Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in execution, interpretation of experiments, and of data derived, and (6) Have some laboratory experience with techniques such as cell culture, RNA purification, PCR, cloning, Western blotting, in vitro functional assays, and flow cytometry. Experience working with mouse models would also be a plus. At least a 2-year commitment is required. Will have multiple opportunities to present work at national and international meetings and will be involved in writing manuscripts. Laboratory environment includes a diverse range of scientists and trainees at all career levels, including multiple research technicians doing a 2-3 year laboratory experience prior to applying to professional (e.g. Graduate or Medical) school. 

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

• Performs routine tests independently • Performs research procedures on experimental samples as directed • Records all experimental details and checks results for completeness and accuracy • Assists with planning specific research protocols and procedures • Demonstrates initiative and dedication to the experimental work • Maintains office, lab area, reagents, supplies and equipment • Coordinates schedules of tests & procedures • Records results, organizes data and maintains lab notebook in an organized manner

• Attends courses, seminars, and lab meetings to expand knowledge of research and laboratory techniques • Participates and presents in regular laboratory meetings • Displays dedication and commitment to the work

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations


Required Education and Experience

  • Associate’s degree, 9 - 18 months laboratory experience required
  • Relevant Internship experience considered

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic


• Bachelor’s Degree preferred with some prior research experience • Ability to perform assigned tasks independently • Able to work accurately, work well with others, and pay strict attention to detail• Must be adaptable to do work which is varied, and requires an intellectual and professional approach • Strong communication skills (verbal & written)

Additional Technical Requirements

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

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