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Research Lab Technician II

Translational Imaging Center Los Angeles, California

It’s an exciting time at USC. We are world-renowned for our innovative education, academic excellence and path-breaking research in a vibrant region exploding with potential. As part of a university that is on an upward trajectory, excellent development and advancement opportunities are possible here. Ultimately, you will support the university’s expansive, humanity-centered mission: “The development of human beings and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit.”

The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences - Translational Imaging Center seeks a full time Research Lab Technician II to join its team.

The Research Lab Technician II will plan and perform traditional molecular and cell biology experiments.  Be proficient in, but not limited to, molecular techniques for DNA and RNA manipulation, PCR, and gene expression analysis.   Independently performs non-routine and complex research laboratory procedures and techniques. Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments. Prepares chemical solutions for experimental use, maintain and calibrate laboratory equipment, perform general lab orders and monitor lab safety guidelines. Assist in organizing and maintaining animal colony. Provide analyses and interpretations of results for review by supervisor. Provides input and updates on progress of research and makes recommendations for modification as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education:                               Bachelor degree or Master's degree  

Preferred Experience:             individuals with strong background in MOLECULAR BIOLOGY and GENETICS  

Preferred Field of Expertise:  Highly proficient in molecular techniques, 1-2 years of directly related laboratory experience to provide advanced knowledge of research procedures, equipment and analysis methods.

Percentage of time:

50%-performance of experiments

25%-general lab maintenance

25% -organization and maintenance of animal colony

This is a fixed term position.

Required Application Materials

Please provide a cover letter along with your resume submission.

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

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Job Profile Summary
Minimum Education: Associate's degree, Specialized/technical training, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols. Knowledge of computer analysis techniques and ability to provide routine analysis and interpretation of research data.

Job Description
Provides 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 of research procedures, tests and techniques.

REQ20042600 Posted Date: 04/20/2017 - Thru date - 5/31/2017

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