USC's KSOM Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine is seeking a Research Lab Technician II to join Dr. Nils Lindstromâs lab.Â Â The research technician will assist researchers studying kidney nephron development and injury/repair models for the mammalian kidney in the Lindstrom Laboratory at the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center.Â Â
Masterâs background in stem cell biology or molecular biology is preferred.Â
Research experience on the kidney, other developmental organ system, or organoid model.
Duties will include:Â
Organoid culture, cloning, bioinformatic analyses, embryo collection, collection of tissues for: frozen sections, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry and cell culture, microscopy and computer cataloguing of data as needed.
The individual will assist other researchers as assigned and conduct experiments in a semi-independent manner. Knowledge of molecular biology experimentation: PCR, DNA digestion, agarose gel electrophoresis, cell-culture, cloning, imaging), ability to follow complex protocols One- or two-yearsâ experience in a lab setting, with either cell culture, bioinformatic approaches, in situ hybridization, histology, or related techniques.Â
Excellent organizational skills, and an ability to work independently but also as part of a team are essential requirements.Â
Other Job Accountabilities include:Â
- 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 $23.56 - $25.22. 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 candidateâs 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 educationMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum 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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