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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 Davis School of Gerontology is seeking a Research Associate to join its team! This position is responsible for the planning, designing and conducting highly technical and complex research projects independently and in consultation with ​supervisor. Analyzes research data and provides interpretations. Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records.

The laboratory of Dr. Marc Vermulst is interested in hiring a highly experienced Research Associate to support its efforts in understanding the role of genetic instability in human aging and disease. The successful applicant will be responsible for contributing to multiple projects that investigate the impact of genetic instability on mammalian physiology. An important tool frequently used in the lab to monitor genetic instability is a set of massively parallel sequencing approaches. As a result, some experience with the construction of next-gen sequencing libraries is highly desirable. Applicants familiar with the ​bioinformatic analysis of these libraries are highly encouraged to apply. In addition, the successful applicant will investigate new therapies for patients that suffer from mtDNA disease using mouse models with highly genetic backgrounds. These experiments will initially focus on mitochondrial function, apoptosis, and growth factors, and requires a ​broad knowledge of mammalian physiology. 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 that could serve as the basis for an independent position. It is further expected that the applicant will write numerous high- profile publications, aide the PI with grant writing and peer review, and ultimately develop a strong independent research program that may lead to an independent position elsewhere. 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 an 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 (including dental and vision), 403(b), tuition reimbursement, national holidays, paid vacation and more. 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!


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



REQ20064694 Posted Date: 08/29/2018

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