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

Provides general laboratory assistance to support research activities. Conducts research experiments in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols. Performs assignments which are non-routine and vary in complexity with minimal direction. Compiles data and computes results for a variety of research procedures, tests and techniques.

Education requirement:

  • Associates degree is required.
  • Stem cell biology or molecular biology is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

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

Other Job Accountabilities include: 

– 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.

– 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 hourly rate range for this position is $24.23 – $30.32. 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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