Research Lab Technician II – Benayoun Lab – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

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:

The Benayoun laboratory at the USC Davis School of Gerontology is seeking a Research Lab Technician II to join its team! This person will join a lab working on the molecular basis of aging and age-related diseases. This is an opportunity for a reliable and self-motivated person to participate in cutting-edge aging research. They will be working mainly with mouse cells and tissues and help manage our lab’s mouse colony, to understand sex-differences in the aging process. In addition, this person will also assist with generation and basic analysis of data in the context of the lab’s research on aging. They will make contributions to projects in the laboratory. Primary responsibilities are to manage and genotype a medium colony of mouse models of aging and age-related diseases. Other responsibilities include aspects of lab management support (i.e. ordering basic supplies, maintaining proper lab records, and making sure the lab is adhering to safety regulations).

Job responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the husbandry of a medium mouse colony (~100-200 cages).
  • Perform basic experiments and data analysis to support lab members projects. Maintain detailed records of experiments, analyses and outcomes.
  • Work with the health and safety department to ensure the lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Perform general lab maintenance as needed. Help maintain lab stocks, chemical inventory, and safety records, and provide general lab support, including help placing orders.
  • Help train new lab members in mouse husbandry techniques. Serve as technical resource for other research personnel.
  • Contribute to developing new research protocols and procedures or adapting existing protocols to our models.
  • May contribute to publication of findings and present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.

Our ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in biology or chemistry or a related field. They will be comfortable working with animals, specifically mice, and will have experience with PCR and cell culture. This position requires strong organizational skills, and the ability to interact with the PI and others lab members on a daily basis.

This is a non-exempt position. Work schedules will usually correspond to a standard schedule (Monday-Friday 9-6 pm). However, the employee securing this position may be required to work weekends, holidays, and/or overtime. Benefits include a competitive salary, and a rich array of USC benefits including healthcare (including dental and vision), 403(b), tuition reimbursement, national holidays, paid vacation, and more.

This position is funded by a research contract/grant and may be funded by a subsequent contract/grant. Accordingly, your position is contingent upon receipt of the necessary funding from this or any subsequent contract/grant to continue employment.

The hourly rate range for this position is $20.70 – $23.00. 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.

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

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. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

Minimum Education: High school or equivalent, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 6 – 12 months, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum Field of Expertise: Ability to follow detailed instructions, oral and written

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