The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) invites applications for a Research Laboratory Technician position.Â The selected candidate is expected to participate in scientific activities including genotyping, PCR, coordination with other high throughput labs for genome-wide association, DNA methylation or expression analyses and general laboratory and data management. Primary tasks will also include sample processing, storage, and shipment for many types of biospecimens for large population cohorts. This is an opportunity to work with world-class investigators from two closely integrated Centers at USC: the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC), a research center funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center, a research center funded by the NIEHS and NIMHD. The SCEHSC houses one of the leading research groups in environmental epidemiology and biostatistics, with a particularly strong reputation in respiratory and metabolic diseases as well as methodological research in environmental and genetic epidemiology. The MADRES Center is investigating the role of prenatal environmental exposures and social determinants of the development of childhood obesity as well as other metabolic and respiratory health outcomes for children and mothers. The selected candidate will also participate in local research activities related to the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, a nationwide collaborative research consortium focused on childhood health and well-being.
Specific responsibilities will include the following:
Sample processing for biospecimens such as blood, hair, nails and urine
Maintain accurate records of procedures and SOPs used to conduct experiments
Maintain and calibrate laboratory equipment, such as pipettes, biohazard hoods, centrifuges
Primer design and PCR, genotyping and expression assays
Quality control and assurance for laboratory assays
Maintain computer-based databases of sample inventory, experimental design, and data output
Occasional weekend or evening work is required.
The applicant must have a BS in life sciences, molecular biology, genetics or closely related field. One year post-graduate experience preferred. The applicant should have experience in biology laboratory techniques including DNA/RNA sample preparation, PCR, and genotyping techniques. Training for biohazardous materials and laboratory safety will be provided.
Minimum Education: High school or equivalent, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 6 - 12 months, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Ability to follow detailed instructions, oral and written
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.