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Research Lab Technician II

Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Los Angeles, California

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is seeking a Research Lab Technician II to work in the Finch lab. The Finch lab research focuses on brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), particularly on how air pollution nanoparticles accelerate brain aging and neurodegeneration, and the interaction with other risk factors of AD. The lab collaborates with clinicians, epidemiologists, and engineers; and uses various biochemistry and molecular biology techniques, with experimental models of cell, mouse, and human tissues.

The Research Lab Technician II will work with a team of graduate students to expose mice to air pollution particles, under safe conditions. The Research Lab Technician II will provide general laboratory assistance to support research activities such as collecting post-mortem mouse tissues and keep a record of tissues in stock, as well as analyze tissue samples by using techniques including qPCR, ELISA, Western blots and/or immunohistochemistry. Other duties include data analysis and interpretation, help in training undergraduate students and technicians in the lab, and assist with lab maintenance and lab safety.

The ideal candidate should have experience in working with laboratory mice or rats, have the basic laboratory skills of performing biochemistry and molecular experiment, be able to conduct research experiments in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols, perform assignments that are non-routine and vary in complexity with minimal direction, compile and compute results for a variety of research procedures, tests, and techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS education in life science or related fields is required;

  • Must be able to perform at least two of the following techniques: Western blotting, RNA reverse transcription, and quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry, ELISA, and animal behaviors.

  • Experience in brain research.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Associate's degree, Specialized/technical training, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

  • Experience: 2 years

  • 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.

Benefits include a competitive salary, a rich array of USC benefits including healthcare (including dental and vision), tuition reimbursement, life insurance policy, national holidays, paid vacation, paid sick days, and more. This is a full-time hourly position that will require substantial commitment and flexibility. There is no visa sponsorship for this position.

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.

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.

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


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.


REQ20102103 Posted Date: 06/21/2021

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