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Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate

Research Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. USC is consistently ranked among the nation’s most prestigious universities, and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology features one the world’s best degree and research programs in gerontology. The USC Davis School has an international reputation as a hub of aging research and, with additional strong programs throughout the university, leads the way in defining and advancing the field of gerontology.

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to join its team!


The laboratory of Dr. Marc Vermulst is interested in hiring a highly motivated, talented post-doc to support its efforts in understanding the role of mtDNA mutations in human aging and disease. The successful applicant will be responsible for the maintenance of two novel mouse models of mtDNA disease and a detailed set of experiments that will determine how mitochondrial genetics and mutations affect murine physiology. These experiments will initially focus on mitochondrial function, ROS, apoptosis, and mutagenesis itself, but it is expected that the successful applicant will ultimately steer this project into exciting new directions that probe stem cell biology, carcinogenesis, and subcellular genetics. To support the research team and develop new skills, the successful applicant will also be invited to help his/her colleagues with experiments that are focused on transcription, DNA damage, and DNA repair. The research environment in the Vermulst laboratory is highly collaborative, provides a broad platform for scientific development and encompasses numerous biological disciplines. As a result, it is an excellent incubator for the growth of new ideas. It is further expected that this project will result in numerous high-profile publications, as well as independent funding, which will further fuel career development. Please note that a desire to learn, good communication skills, and a willingness to work with others, is required for being successful in this research environment.

This is a full-time exempt/salary position who will be expected to work at least 40hrs a week. This position is funded by a research contract/grant and may be funded by a subsequent contract/grant.  Accordingly, your position is contingent upon receipt of the necessary funding from this or any subsequent contract/grant to continue employment.  ​

Benefits include a competitive salary, a rich array of USC benefits including healthcare (through the postdoctoral plan) national holidays, paid vacation and more. Again, this is a full-time salaried position that will require substantial commitment and flexibility.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.

If you are interested, please submit your fully completed application. Please include a cover letter and resume with references. Thank you for your interest!


REQ20064534 Posted Date: 08/24/2018

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