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Research Lab Technician I

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. We have 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 I to join its team! This is an opportunity for a reliable and self-motivated person to participate in cutting-edge research. The Research Lab Technician I provides basic technical assistance to other laboratory technicians in conducting research experiments. Conducts standardized tests and procedures under close supervision.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Assist staff researchers to set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment; set up and carry out in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo (rodents) experiments.

  • Makes observations, calculate and record results, under the supervision of staff researchers

  • Prepares experimental materials using laboratory protocols and safety guidelines.

  • Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct basic experiments.

  • Performs limited routine analysis and provides basic interpretations.​

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.


The lab technician is critical to our preclinical studies in investigating the molecular mechanisms and in developing novel diet-based interventions that can augment chemotherapy. It is important that we have skilled lab technician to support our effort of successfully carrying out the P01 project as well as securing continuing funding from NIH and private foundations. ​This position is contingent upon receipt of the necessary funding from this or any subsequent grant to continue employment. ​


Our ideal candidate will possess a B.S. in life science, biology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology or related field.

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

REQ20058208 Posted Date: 04/10/2018

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