This is a full time Research Engineer position in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. The research focus of the group is on stem cell mechanobiology and tissue engineering. Duties: The candidate will conduct independent experiments at the level of a postdoctoral fellow. The candidate will conduct mechanical, biochemical, molecular and histological analysis of cells and engineered tissues and develop expertise in novel tissue engineering methods and mechanical analyses. Additionally, the candidate will lead efforts to develop new microfabrication methods for cartilage tissue engineering for in vivo application. In addition to scientific undertakings, which constitute the majority of the assigned duties, additional responsibilities will include assisting in the managing and supervising the maintenance of laboratory equipment (including computers), developing and monitoring ordering polices for the group, training new staff in relevant procedures, as well as the performance of independent research studies, including data analysis, development of new and novel research methods, writing of peer reviewed manuscripts, and presentation of data and findings at national and international scientific conferences. The candidate will also play a role in managing department resources including Tissue Culture, as well as ensuring that safety measures and SOPs are in place across the entire Mauck Laboratory. The candidate, along with other Research Specialists at the same level, will participate in monthly meetings between PIs and other Research Specialists to monitor and enact new policies that affect the entire organization. In addition, the candidate will report to the head manager of the laboratory to ensure compliance with applicable laboratory policies and procedures and ensure safety procedures are followed at all times. In addition, the candidate will assist in the management of the PVAMC Translational Musculoskeletal Research center by establishing standard operating protocols for ordering, equipment training and maintenance, and animal protocols and IRBs. This grouping includes an 8000 square foot research space with >8 PIs from Orthopaedic Surgery, Rheumatology, Neurosurgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Other duties include assisting lab members in the execution of projects involving small and large animal handling and surgery and providing technical assistance to post-docs, graduate students, and research staff within the group.
Internal Number: 43498
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