The Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) at the University of Southern California (USC) is currently seeking a talented and self-motivated Senior Research Lab Specialist to join the Laboratory of Dr. Albert E. Almada in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (SCRM).
The Almada Laboratory at USC is investigating one of the greatest mysteries in muscle regenerative biologyâhow stem cells are turned on (activated) to re-build functional muscle tissue after traumatic injury. His multi-disciplinary team integrates state-of-the-art experimental and bioinformatic approaches to study this biological phenomenon at the molecular, cellular, and organ level in various vertebrate species, ranging the evolutionary continuum from salamanders to mice and humans. The Almada labâs long-term goal is to translate their basic science discoveries into effective stem-cell based therapies that restore muscle function to injured athletes, wounded soldiers, the elderly, and patients suffering from degenerative muscular pathologies.
This is a fixed-term, full-time position, with the potential for renewal with adequate job performance and available funding. We are offering a competitive salary consistent with candidateâs experience.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversees all operations of the labâs mouse colony including animal husbandry, genotyping, animal cataloging, assembly of new animal protocols and related amendments, and helping to ensure fiscal responsibility in all mouse operations.Â
Plans and conducts highly technical and complex research projects, procedures and analyses. Supervises other research personnel in procedures, techniques and use of equipment as needed.
Evaluates research data requiring significant knowledge of a specialized area of research.Â Â Maintains accurate records. Prepares technical reports and papers
Collaborates with principal investigator and other research personnel to plan and design experiments. Advises on methods for improving experiment results. Reviews progress and discusses with principal investigator.
Supervises laboratory staff and student workers. Participates in recruiting and hiring of staff. Trains and provides technical guidance as needed. Schedules, assigns and prioritizes work.
Advises on acquisition or enhancement of specialized equipment and laboratory setup or design.
Contributes to the development and implementation of laboratory procedures and policies.
Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates data sources and background information in area of specialization to enhance planning and design of experiments.
Stays current in field of specialization through reading journals and scientific papers, maintaining professional networks and attending seminars and conferences as appropriate.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
A minimum of a masterâs degree in molecular or cellular biology, stem cell biology, or closely related field. PhD is preferred.Â
A minimum of 5 years of lab-related research experience is required.
Significant experience with animal handling, breeding schemes, and genotyping is required.
Experience performing small animal surgeries and injections is required.
Experience with basic molecular and cellular techniques, and viral transduction of mammalian cells is required.
Experience mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate level is required.Â
Significant experience with Flow Cytometry and Fluorescence Activating Cell Sorting (FACS) is preferred.
Experience with any area of proteomics including metabolomics and post-translational modification (PTM) analysis using mass spectrometry is a plus.
Minimum Education: Related Graduate Study; Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 5 YearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods and ability to supervise on aregular or project basis
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.