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

A Research Lab Technician in the study of Alzheimer’s disease is needed to support the research activities of Dr. Hussein Yassine at the University of Southern California.  The successful candidate will have extensive experience conducting biomedical research experiments. Techniques utilized include, but are not limited to, cell culture, genomic/epigenetic profiling, and sequencing.

The Research Laboratory Technician plans, designs and conducts highly technical and complex research projects independently and in consultation with the supervisor.  Performs research data analysis and provides interpretations.  Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records. This position involves working with animals and cells.

Analyzes and evaluates research data utilizing computers and provides interpretations requiring significant knowledge of a specialized area of research.  Searches literature, utilizing all available resources including electronic, new methodology, and designs experiments accordingly.

Job Accountabilities include:

  • Prepares experimental materials using laboratory protocols and safety guidelines.
  • Handles and disposes of hazardous and non-hazardous materials in accordance with safety protocols.
  • Sets up and operates standard laboratory equipment.
  • Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct basic experiments.
  • Performs limited routine analysis and provides basic interpretations.
  • Stocks and maintains laboratory supplies. Monitors inventory levels and orders or secures supplies as needed.
  • Maintains laboratory environment in orderly, operable condition.
  • Under the direction of the USC Safety Office and the principal investigator, the student learns laboratory safety, animal handling, and, if appropriate, basic radiation or blood-borne pathogen safety.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with laboratory procedures and use of lab equipment
  • A Bachelor of Science or Art in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or relevant fields with 2+ years of experience. 
  • A master’s Degree in biomedical research is desired. Evidence of strong research accomplishments is highly desirable for those in a master’s degree program.
  • Proficient in working with computer software, databases, and statistics.
  • Ability to work in team.
  • Effective and professional communication with lab members and with the PI.

Hourly range

The salary range for this position is $24.23 – $26.54 per hour. 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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