Research Lab Specialist – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Advises on acquisition or enhancement of specialized equipment and laboratory
setup or design.Collaborates with principal investigator and other researchers to plan, design and conduct highly technical and complex research projects. Analyzes research data and provides interpretations. Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication. May supervise other employees engaged in laboratory technical services on a regular or project basis.

Education Requirements:

Minimum Education: Related graduate study, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 5 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods and ability to supervise on a regular or project basis

Excellent organizational skills, and an ability to work independently but also as part of a team are essential requirements. 

Other Job Accountabilities include: 

-Plans and conducts highly technical and complex research projects, procedures
and analyses. Supervises other research personnel in procedures, techniques and
use of equipment as needed.

-Evaluates research data requiring significant knowledge of a specialized area of
research. Maintains accurate records. Prepares technical reports and papers.

-Operates and maintains sophisticated laboratory/scientific equipment. Designs,
creates or adapts equipment and procedures to meet specific research needs.

-Collaborates with principal investigator and other research personnel to plan and
design experiments. Advises on methods for improving experiment results.
Reviews progress and discusses with principal investigator.

-Supervises laboratory staff and student workers. Participates in recruiting and
hiring of staff. Trains and provides technical guidance as needed. Schedules,
assigns and prioritizes work. Monitors and evaluates employee performance and
counsels or disciplines as needed.

-Advises on acquisition or enhancement of specialized equipment and laboratory
setup or design.

-Contributes to the development and implementation of laboratory procedures and
policies.

-Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates data sources and background
information in area of specialization to enhance planning and design of
experiments.

-Stays current in field of specialization through coursework, reading journals and
scientific papers, maintaining professional networks and attending seminars and
conferences as appropriate.

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

Position is on a one-year fixed term, eligible for renewal upon satisfactory performance and available funding.

The salary range for this position is $$68,505.20 – $94,988.05 annual. 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.

Minimum Education: Related graduate study, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 5 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods and ability to supervise on a regular or project basis

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