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Research Lab Technician III / Supervisor - TRLab

School of Pharmacy Los Angeles, California

USC School of Pharmacy has established a state-of-the-art Translational Research Laboratory (TRLab) to support research efforts within the School of Pharmacy, throughout the USC research environment, and other research teams and corporate partners in Southern California. TRLab, equipped with over 80 instruments in 13 laboratories at the John Stauffer Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, has been home to a multitude of research networks and activities. The unique facility environment with the centralized equipment allows investigators to perform cross-instrumental analysis and comprehensive multiplex assays at the level of molecules, cells, tissues and organs for basic and translational research. TRLab provides services and training in: 1) Sample Processing and Storage, 2) Histology, 3) Molecular Analysis, 4) Cell and Immunobiology, 5) Flow Cytometry, 6) Imaging, 7) Molecular Biology, 9) Next Generation Sequencing.

TRLab is seeking a self-motivated, customer service-oriented individual who has hands-on experience in instrumentation, assay development, training/teaching and lab management. Under the supervision of the director, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to work in a team-oriented environment that provides cutting-edge research services to advance translational research endeavors in the USC research community and for external collaborative partners. 

Job Responsibilities

TRLab services (50%)

  • Assist TRLab daily operation and management
  • Assist to maintain GLP and lab safety policies and regulations
  • Maintain equipment
  • Train and assist users
  • Train new student workers/volunteers to ensure high-quality core services
  • Supervise student users for accurate handling of equipment.

Histology Lab services (30%)

  • Prepare, operate, & maintain equipment
  • Manage service inventory of received tissue specimens
  • Process and embed tissues
  • Perform microtomy (microtome and cryostat) on tissue samples
  • Prepare and select proper dyes and chemicals for dye staining (e.g. H&E)

Administrative assistant (10%)

  • Develop and assist to organize files, records and SOPs
  • Manage stock and order inventories
  • Assist to prepare reports as needed for School of Pharmacy leadership
  • Assist to promote TRLab services; speak at campus events

Assay development and operation (10%)

  • Manage sample inventory for services
  • Assist to design, develop and execute assays
  • Demonstrate instrument operation and applications
  • Assist to analyze, interpret and present procedures and results
  • Assist to test client samples for services
  • Assist to prepare training sessions and seminars
  • Assist to present and publish methods and results
  • Serve as a resource to train & assist researchers

The ideal candidate will possess

  • Ability to quickly learn to operate and maintain a wide range of equipment and technology
  • Ability to successfully prioritize and complete multiple ongoing projects in fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills: advanced fluency in written and oral English.
  • Strong customer service orientation with professional, ethical behavior and positive, team-oriented attitude.

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree in related science field.

Minimum Experience: At least 1 year of hands-on experience in basic or translational research.

Minimum Qualifications: Hands-on research experiences in designing and executing related assays.

Preferred Experience: Over 1-year advanced experience in instrument maintenance, developing-designing-executing related assays, histological procedures and instrumentations.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Specialized/technical training Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Fully competent and proficient in the operation of sophisticated scientific equipment and independently able to perform complex procedures and techniques with accuracy


REQ20115782 Posted Date: 04/17/2022

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