Research Scientist – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of the university’s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced artificial intelligence, information processing, computing, cybersecurity, and communications technologies. ISI’s 400 faculty, professional staff and graduate students carry out extraordinary information sciences research at three distinct locations – Marina Del Rey, CA; Arlington, VA; and Waltham, MA.

*This position is located in Marina del Rey, CA. Hybrid work options are available.*

ISI’s Scientific Computation Technologies is looking for a Research Scientist for a 6-month, fixed-term position.


  • Serves as a key research scientist who is recognized as a national authority on topics in specialized filed. Plans, designs and conducts highly specialized, technical and unusually complex research projects independently. Works under consultative direction from supervisor toward long-range goals and objectives. 
  • Develops solutions to wide-range of research problems of unusual complexity, which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness. Creates or modifies methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Ensures solutions are consistent with research objectives.
  • 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, regarding new methodology and designs experiments accordingly.
  • Provides leadership, direction and guidance to staff and/or student workers regarding procedures, techniques and use of equipment as needed.
  • Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates data sources, background information and/or technology related to area of specialization.
  • Develops research documentation for publication alone or with others and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records that show independent thinking and leadership in scholarly writing.
  • Makes presentations at academic and/or practitioner conferences. May participate in workshops.


  • Distributed computing expertise
  • Workflow management expertise
  • Knowledge of NSF computing testbeds

The annual base salary range for this position is $98,837 – $110,000. 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.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate

Minimum Experience: 5 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience in research specialization with highly advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures, analysis methods, principles, theories and concepts. Demonstrated leadership in developing new ideas and ability to publish in appropriate academic and practitioner outlets. Demonstrated independent thinking and leadership in scholarly writing according to such criteria as: first authored publications, conceptual leadership in the development of publications generated alone or with others, writing of first drafts of publications and/or single authored publications.

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