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Project Assistant (Fixed Term)

Research Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is 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 of the world’s best degree and research programs in gerontology. The 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 Laboratory of Professor Andrei Irimia in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is seeking four Project Assistants to join its team. These Project Assistants will provide specialized support for the development and implementation of research protocols to study traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) using neuroimaging techniques like MRI, fMRI, CT and electrophysiological methods like EEG.

Job responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with the design of protocols to study the relationship between ADRD and TBI using neuroimaging techniques
  • Screen neuroimaging study participants for eligibility, monitor study progression and conduct quality assurance reviews
  • Document, update and implement study methods and procedures for MRI/CT/EEG data acquisition, management, and quality control
  • Advise on statistical techniques for neuroimaging data collection and analysis
  • Develop computer programs for neuroimaging data analysis
  • Generate graphs, charts or tables to present imaging analysis results and provide interpretation
  • Contribute to the redaction of research papers, articles and other documentation of study results
  • Write status reports of study efforts, stay current with pertinent scientific literature and coordinate the writing of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals

The ideal candidates will have a degree in neuroscience, computer science, neurobiology, engineering, physical sciences or in a related quantitative field. A graduate degree is preferred but undergraduate degree holders are also encouraged to apply. The candidates should be hard-working, self-motivated and have a talent for scientific writing.

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.

  • Length of fixed-term assignment: 1 year from date of hire
  • This is a full-time non-exempt position that will require substantial commitment and flexibility.

Benefits include a competitive salary, a rich array of USC benefits including healthcare (including dental and vision), tuition reimbursement, national holidays, paid vacation, and more.

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.

If you are interested, please submit your completed application. Include a cover letter and resume with at least three professional references. Thank you for your interest!


Minimum Education: High school or equivalent Minimum Experience: 1 year Minimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of data collection procedures and some experience with proposal preparation and production of technical documents



REQ20083736 Posted Date: 07/14/2020

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