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Research Lab Tech (Fixed Term)

Gerontology/Administration 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 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 Research Lab Technician with strong organizational, interpersonal skills, and self-motivator to join the Cohen Lab team through August 31, 2020. This person will assist in tissue culture, immunofluorescent staining, immunohistochemistry, and animal experiments. Will work in a team as well as performs experiments independently. We focus on mitochondrial-derived peptides and their role in age-related diseases. This position involves lab maintenance and participation in research under direct supervision by the lab manager.

Job responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Provide general laboratory assistance to support research activities
  • Conducts research experiments in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols
  • Performs assignments which are non-routine and vary in complexity with minimal direction Compiles data and computes results for a variety for research procedures, tests, and techniques
  • Preparing DNA, mRNA, protein,
  • Preparing chemical solutions and lab reagents
  • Maintaining and operating laboratory equipment
  • Maintaining tissue cultures
  • Management of mouse colonies
  • Tissue processing, sectioning, and immunostaining

Ideal Candidate:

  • Will possess a Bachelor or Masters degree in the biological sciences
  • Has Previous experience with tissue cultures, immunofluorescent staining, immunohistological staining, animal handling. 
  • Has Good organizational skills and an eye for detail are essential.  Curiosity.
  • Must be able to follow detailed instructions, oral and written, and read labels.
  • Able to work in a team-oriented environment with attention to detail

The usual work schedule is M-F 8-5pm, but may be required to work overtime, weekends and/or holidays.

This is a fixed-term position with an anticipated end date of employment of 8/31/2020. This position is funded by a research grant. Accordingly, this position is contingent upon receipt of the necessary funding from this or any subsequent 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 hourly 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.

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


Minimum Education: High school or equivalent, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 6 - 12 months, Combined education/experience as a substitute for minimum experience Minimum Field of Expertise: Ability to follow detailed instructions, oral and written



REQ20078674 Posted Date: 08/14/2019 - Thru date - 2019-08-30
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