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

This is a full time, fixed term (12 months), grant-funded position.

Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology (CCMB) is a research laboratory located on the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. CCMB is a part of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

Working together, we are advancing oral, dental, and craniofacial research toward solving problems in health and promoting the well-being of society.

CCMB is looking for a talented Research Lab Technician II to join its team! Position funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is available at the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California to explore the structure and function of the extracellular matrix proteins in tooth biomineralization. Research activities will involve, but not limited to, application of molecular biology and biochemical techniques for protein expression and purification, utilization of cell culture and mutant mice models for the study of enamel formation. Experienced candidates working with animal models and dental tissues will be preferable.

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.

Position funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is available at the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California to explore the structure and function of the extracellular matrix proteins in tooth biomineralization. Research activities will involve, but not limited to, application of molecular biology and biochemical techniques for protein expression and purification, utilization of cell culture and mutant mice models for the study of enamel formation. Experienced candidates working with animal models and dental tissues will be preferable. The candidate should have a strong oral communication skills and be able to work independently as well as collaboratively with an interdisciplinary research team. Responsibility will also include presenting findings at scientific meetings, writing manuscripts, and contributing to research grant applications.

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The hourly rate for this position is $23.00 – $24.23. 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: 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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