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

The Ichida lab in the USC Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine is looking for a Research Lab Technician to help maintain research supplies and equipment. The lab technician position will entail ordering and receiving supplies, monitoring research supply stocks, using and maintaining high content imaging equipment, and occasionally helping revise animal and lab safety protocols. Training in stem cell biology is preferred but not strictly required, as the candidate will be able to learn on the job.

Job Accountabilities: 

– Conducts research experiments in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols. Collects field and/or laboratory measurements and data. Computes results for a variety of research procedures, tests and techniques.

– Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments. Uses laboratory/computer equipment to conduct analyses of experiment data. Provides routine interpretations of analyses.

– Maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment. Performs or arranges for basic repairs. May alter equipment to meet experiment requirements. Makes recommendations for equipment acquisitions.

– Prepares chemical solutions for experimental use.

– Handles and disposes of hazardous and non-hazardous materials in accordance with safety protocols.

– Maintains and organizes laboratory supplies. Monitors inventory levels and orders or secures supplies as needed.

– Maintains research facility in orderly, operable condition. Maintains security and safety of equipment, samples, specimens and data.

– Conducts library research to assist in the planning and design of experiments.

– Learns basic laboratory safety and, if appropriate, basic radiation or blood borne pathogen safety under the direction of the USC Safety Office and more experienced laboratory staff.

The hourly range for this position is $20.48 – $26.87. 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 candidates’ 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: 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.

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