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The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences is seeking a Senior Laboratory Technician to join its team. The ideal candidate will be able to provide advanced or specialized laboratory technical services and support to students and faculty of molecular biology, biochemistry, and general education instructional laboratories.
Job responsibilities include:
Coordinates and plans lab exercises with lecturers. Tests and conducts experiments, exercises and demonstrations.
Provides technical assistance regarding pre and post experiment preparations and processes. Assists with preparation of exams and lectures.
Constructs, adapts or acquires specialized lab equipment to meet specific instruction or research needs. Troubleshoots, operates, repairs and maintains equipment and instrumentation. Instructs and supervises staff, students and lecturers in use of specialized equipment.
Prepares detailed reports of laboratory preparation and activities as requested.
Ensures compliance with health and safety standards of laboratory operations.
Controls and monitors supply inventories. Approves supply orders and negotiates directly with vendors as appropriate. Oversees the maintenance, cataloging and inventory control of slides and other teaching materials used by faculty and students.
Maintains research facility in orderly, operable condition. Maintains security and safety of equipment, samples, specimens and data. Prepares and labels materials and waste for storage and disposes as needed.
Conducts library research to assist in the planning and design of experiments.
Provides direction to other laboratory assistants. Assists in hiring, training and scheduling work assignments. Monitors work and provides performance feedback.
Bachelorâs degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a closely related field (Masterâs preferred).
Minimum of 2 yearsâ experience in a biology laboratory setting.
Experience in molecular biology/biochemistry techniques including DNA/protein extraction and purification, PCR, spectrophotometric analysis, electrophoresis, chromatography, making solutions, bacterial culture, and others.
The preferred candidate will be highly organized and able to prioritize different tasks.
Required Documents and Additional Information:
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts on sporting, recreation, art venues, and other campus events.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity
Job Profile SummaryMinimum 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.
Internal Number: REQ20087479
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