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Research Coordinator Supervisor

Leonard Davis School of Gerontology 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 of the world’s best degree and research programs in gerontology. The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology 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: https://gero.usc.edu

The University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is seeking a Research Coordinator Supervisor to join our staff and student community. This role is responsible for providing specialized support for the execution and implementation of protocols and approaches to study the role of exercise in the onset and progression of age-associated neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and others.  

Reporting directly to Dr. Constanza Cortes, Assistant Professor, the Research Coordinator Supervisor will work in collaboration with scientific cores, collaborating labs, and animal resource programs. The ideal candidate will have a degree in neuroscience, physiology, neurobiology, or a related field. Experience with animal modeling, particularly rodents, is required. The candidates should be hard-working, self-motivated, and have a talent for scientific writing. Knowledge of and experience working in higher education is preferred.

Roles and responsibilities to include:

  • Sets up and performs experiments and procedures in support of lab goals of modeling age-associated and neurodegenerative disease modeling in vivo and in vitro.
  • Develops and improves techniques for the lab, including molecular and cell biology techniques as well as mouse behavior
  • Cryosectioning of mouse tissues, immunostaining of brain sections and primary culturing are highly valued.
  • Contributes to planning/design of studies, including troubleshooting and SOP generation
  • Collects, enters, summarizes, and analyzes data: generation of grant preliminary and publication-quality figures required.
  • Must assist in planning long or short-term goals/fiscal management: familiarity with USC ordering systems is ideal but not required.
  • Performs maintenance of lab equipment and supplies: inventory management, ordering, and supply oversights.
  • Mouse colony management: proficiency with mouse modeling, including ear tagging, genotyping, weaning, and breeding of multiple mouse lines is preferred.
  • Supervision and training of junior investigators, including graduate and undergraduate students
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will possess a master’s degree or a minimum of 5 years of experience in the field. Combined experience/education as a substitute for minimum education.
  • Proficient with GraphPad, MS Office, BOX, Drive, and others.
  • Experience with animal modeling, particularly rodents.
  • Experience working in the higher education field is ideal.

This is an exempt position with work expected to be usual hours of operation, barring lab or animal emergencies. No remote work allowed. No travel is required. Benefits include a competitive salary, and a rich array of USC benefits including healthcare (including dental and vision), 403(b), tuition reimbursement, national holidays, paid vacation, and more.

The annual base salary range for this position is $72,000-$85,000. 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.

This position is funded by a researchcontract/grantand may be funded by a subsequentcontract/grant. Accordingly, your position is contingent upon receipt of the necessary funding from this or any subsequentcontract/grantto continue employment.

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

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. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu.  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.


Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience Minimum Field of Expertise: Certified research coordinator. Administrative or research experience. Knowledge of medical environment and terminology. Knowledge and understanding of federal, state, and institutional research regulations including Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and HIPPA regulations. Budget control and development experience. Proficient with MS Office applications. Demonstrated effective communication and writing skills. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Knowledge of Electronic Data Capture (EDC) systems and Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS).


REQ20126595 Posted Date: 12/18/2022

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