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Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associate

Keck School of Medicine Los Angeles, California

The USC Roski Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate to join its team.

Dr. Gokoffski’s lab is seeking a post-doctoral scholar with PhD level background in biomedical engineering to support multiple translational projects on optic nerve regeneration.  The tasks and skills required of this person will require an advanced degree typical of a successful postdoctoral candidate.  The ideal candidate should have significant experience with optic nerve regeneration research studies and attributable publications demonstrating their experience.  Experience in transdifferentiating human embryonic stem cells, electrophysiology recordings from the superior colliculus or visual cortex, performing survival surgeries on rats using a stereotactic apparatus, using AAV viral vectors, or genomics analysis is preferred. 

Job Summary:

 Serves as a research trainee for the purpose of enhancing and developing research competencies. Participates in planning, designing and conducting highly technical and complex research projects under the direction of a supervisor. May or may not work independently. Analyzes research data and provides interpretations. Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records.

(Temporary, fixed-term; one year and renewable on the recommendation of the faculty mentor and at the discretion of the dean. May be renewed up to a maximum of five years.)

Job Accountabilities include:

  • Serves as a research trainee for the purpose of enhancing and developing research competencies. Participates in planning, designing and conducting highly technical and complex research projects under the direction of a supervisor. May or may not work independently.
  • Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates data sources, background information and/or technology related to area of specialization.
  • Analyzes and evaluates research data utilizing computers and provides interpretations requiring significant knowledge of a specialized area of research. Searches literature, utilizing all available resources including electronic, regarding new methodology and designs experiments accordingly.
  • Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records.
  • Operates and maintains sophisticated laboratory/scientific equipment

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Education: PhD

Preferred Experience:  1+ years

Preferred Field of Expertise:  axonal biology, human embryonic stem cells, electrophysiology recordings, visual pathway

Applicant Attachments (Required):   Application/Resume

Applicant Attachments (Optional):  Cover Letter

Work Location:  MMR - Mudd Memorial Research Building

Percentage of Time: 100%; 37.5 hours

The annual base salary range for this postdoc position should be$70,000 - $70,000.When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.


Minimum Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within previous five years Minimum Experience: 0-1 year Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods


REQ20105153 Posted Date: 05/08/2024

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