The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California seeks an experienced Senior Instructional Lab Technician to provide advanced or specialized instructional laboratory technical services and support to students and faculty. The classes supported use either the dry lab, the wet lab or both for instruction and/or lab activities.
The ideal candidate will collaborate with faculty to support and enhance the education of engineering students, while promoting and enforcing lab safety. This position reports directly to the department chair.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Interface and collaborate with instructors to coordinate lab experiments with lectures.
Assist in defining and describing lab-specific procedures and experiments and aid in student laboratory exercise/experiments.
Organize and maintain all instructional lab facilities, ensuring they are in orderly, operable condition at all times, and in compliance with health and safety standards.
Enforce safety requirements including wearing lab-appropriate personal protective equipment and safe use of equipment, materials and supplies.
Aid in ordering, controlling, cataloging, and monitoring of supply inventories and equipment usage by faculty and students.
Aid in specifying experimental equipment, computer parts, measurement systems, etc.
Maintain, diagnose problems and facilitate repair or replacement of all equipment in the instructional labs. This includes mammalian cell cultures and other wet laboratory equipment, oscilloscopes and other standard electronics laboratory equipment, specialized devices and apparati used for instruction, computer work stations, and standard machine shop equipment.
Construct or adapt specialized lab equipment to meet specific instruction or experimental needs.
Supervise and train technical assistants, Teachings Assistants, and student workers in laboratory operations.
Aid and direct laboratory Teaching Assistants and students in independent projects.
Other duties as assigned.
Required Applicant Documents
- Cover Letter
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Minimum Education and Experience
Bachelorâs Degree; Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education. 2 years of experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:Â
Masterâs degree in engineering or sciences.
The ability to communicate and work with both students and faculty is essential.
The position requires strong verbal communication skills and solid writing skills.
The position requires experience in practical biomedical engineering methods, both classical and modern experimental techniques, and technical communications.
Previous experience in instructional lab environments in biomedical or bioengineering departments is desired.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience in area of instruction providing strong knowledge of lab protocols and safety guidelines and computerized analysis methods. Ability to plan, prioritize, organize and schedule activities to meet both short-term and long-term deadlines. Knowledge of database operations and data acquisition.
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering has been one of the economic engines in Southern California and a vital hub in the California economy. The technical innovations and ideas generated by the Viterbi faculty and research community have resulted in countless innovations, many becoming the foundations for new companies, products and services. The thousands of students graduating each year bring new ideas and vitality to companies in California and beyond. With an annual research budget exceeding $205M each year, more than 46 research centers and institutes, more than 180 faculty members, 7,800 students and over 60,000 impassioned alumni world-wide, the Viterbi School is addressing some of the world’s great challenges.