The USC Roski Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology is seeking a Research Lab Technician II to join its team.Â
This researcher will be working in the lab of Dr. Kimberly Gokoffski whose research program is focused on the intractable problem of optic nerve regeneration. Â In order to restore vision in patients who are blinded by optic neuropathies like glaucoma, the optic nerve, the cable the connects the eye to the brain, needs to be regenerated. Â Dr. Gokoffski is taking an innovative approach to this problem by investigating the role of electrical fields in promoting retinal ganglion cell axon growth.Â The lab technician will have the opportunity to work on an exciting project with tremendous clinical application from the ground up.
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.
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 unique knockout and disease model mouse and rat colonies including backcrossing and genotyping
Contributes to studies of therapeutic efficacy of experimental treatments in mouse models through administration of drug and evaluation of specific functional, biochemical and histological endpoints
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.
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.
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.
Preferred Education:Â Bachelor's or Masterâs Degree or Minimum College Graduate with Science Background
Preferred Experience:Â Prior expertise working with mouse models or with the visual system, human embryonic stem cells
Preferred Field of Expertise:Â Bachelorâs degree in related field can be substituted for minimum experience requirements.Â A working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols is also required.
Applicant Attachments (Required):Â Â Application/Resume
Applicant Attachments (Optional):Â Cover Letter
Work Location: Â Mudd Memorial Research Bldg 315 (MMR)
Percentage of Time: 100%; 37.5 hours per week
The hourly rate range for this position is $23.21 - $29.05. 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 TrainingCombined 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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