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Research Technician - Mainland Lab

The Monell Chemical Senses Center was founded in 1968 as the world’s first nonprofit scientific institute devoted exclusively to basic research on the chemical senses: taste, smell, and chemosensory irritation. Research at Monell contributes to a wide range of scientific and practical knowledge. With more than fifty Ph.D.-level scientists, the Center is making major progress toward understanding how the chemical senses function and their importance in everyday life. Ongoing chemosensory studies extend from investigating receptor mechanisms to evaluating the role of the chemical senses in human health and disease. The Center is located in the University City area of Philadelphia. For more information on Monell please visit our website at

Monell offers competitive and comprehensive benefits including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurance, life and disability, paid time off, paid parental leave, tuition reimbursement, 403b matching retirement, etc.

Monell provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified candidates or employees in any aspect of employment, any personnel practice, or in any term or condition of employment without regard to a person’s age, gender, pregnancy, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, current or former membership or service obligations in the U.S. Armed Forces, or any other protected characteristic. Discriminatory practices are specifically prohibited by various federal, state and local laws.

The Mainland lab at the Monell Chemical Senses center seeks a Research Technician for a new position. The laboratory of Dr. Joel Mainland conducts research to understand the role of odorant chemical structure and human genetic variation in olfactory perception. The core responsibilities of this position will include testing human subjects in olfaction experiments, recruiting subjects and scheduling test sessions, preparing odors and other materials for experiments, and organizing and maintaining experimental data.

Minimum requirements for the position:
  • Successful applicants will have earned a B.S. in a scientific discipline and should be comfortable and courteous in working with human subjects, proactive, and highly organized.
  • Previous experience with human subject research is strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience with data collection and analysis, data collection software (Qualtrics, RedJade, ePrime, RedCAP, etc.), and wet lab techniques are also preferred.

Application Instructions
  • Cover letter explaining your experience, research interests and career goals.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • The names and contact information of 3 references