Associate Director of Multi-Omics Mass Spectrometry Core Facility – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California, Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (USC Mann) is recruiting for an experienced research scientist for an immediate opening as Associate Director of the Multi-Omics Mass Spectrometry Core Facility. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter who will contribute to a wide range of projects both within USC Mann and to the external scientific community at large. The facility provides comprehensive support for mass spectrometry using state-of-the-art technologies that broadly apply to proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and MALDI imaging approaches.  The scope of some of the projects supported include basic, translational, and clinical research in cancer, chronic inflammatory conditions, infectious diseases, neuroscience, and pharmacological and biomarker discovery and development.

Main Responsibilities

  • Manage and participate in the day-to-day operations of the core laboratory including maintaining and troubleshooting instruments.
  • Maintain and develop workflows to conduct proteomic, metabolomics and lipidomics analyses. 
  • Work closely with investigators at USC and our external partners (academic, government and industry) on all aspects of their projects, including providing project support, consulting, and teaching practical interpretation of datasets, effectively communicating project progress, writing technical summaries, and assisting as needed with publication and grant writing. It is also expected that the candidate will collaborate and publish with colleagues at USC.
  • Supervise and train facility staff.
  • Manage budget and resource allocations and provides financial status reports.
  • Develop strategies to promote expansion of core user base within and outside USC.
  • Lead fundraising efforts in the preparation and submission of shared instrument grants.

Preferred Education Requirements

PhD in a scientific discipline is required for this position, preferably in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related field.

Preferred Experience and Skills Requirements

  • Experience in mass spectrometry with significant hands-on expertise in operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting in LCMS instrumentation. (Preferably 5 years of experience, 3 of which in a core setting.) (Bruker rapifleX, Sciex 6500, 5550, and/or Thermo Fisher Q-Exactive)
  • Experience with a wide range of established data analyses workflows and bioinformatics tools.
  • Track record demonstrating ability assist with interpretation of data and experimental design.
  • Excellent project management and communication skills are critical. 
  • Experience maintaining core budgets and finances. Preferred experience with writing grant applications.
  • Desired skills include experience with metabolomics, proteomics, and lipidomics and/or mutli-omic data integration.

The annual base salary range for this position is $120,000 – $145,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The University of Southern California is a world-renowned research and educational institution recognized internationally for its excellence in fundamental, translational, and clinical areas. The University has long been recognized as a place for nurturing young scientists, with postdoctoral researchers being an integral part of the discovery process. The University offers a warm, collegial, diverse, and collaborative work environment.

Minimum Education:
Bachelor’s degree

Additional Education Requirements
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:
5 years

Additional Experience Requirements
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum work experience

Minimum Skills:
Related experience with specialized research and/or programs (e.g., counseling, teaching).
Ability to analyze and evaluate data, and present findings.
Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, able to problem solve and lead conflict resolutions.
Ability to interpret and apply policies/analyses/trends.

Preferred Education:
Master’s degree

Preferred Experience:
7 years related experience with specialized research and/or programs

Preferred Skills:
Related special education, licensing, or certifications based upon program content and services.
Proven managerial skills.
Knowledge of conceptualization and design concepts.
Proven experience with budget development.

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