The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is a park-like campus located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee ofÂ USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the âTrojan Family,â which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.
The Fuhrman Lab in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences seeks a full-time Research Lab Specialist to join its team.
This is a grant funded position.
Lab Manager and Technical Specialist in Marine Microbial Ecology
The Fuhrman Lab at the USC Dept. of Biological Sciences is looking for someone to make measurements, perform experiments in the lab and field (shipboard and possibly marine lab on Catalina island), and help keep the 10-person lab running smoothly.
Performing molecular biological procedures (from field-collected samples), including DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, electrophoresis, library preparation and sequencing (and all associated reagent preparation), fluorescence microscopy for counting microbes, rate measurements (including use of radioisotopes), basic flow cytometry, nutrient analysis, and growing lab microbial cultures.. Experience with microbiology and molecular biology laboratory work required (prefer 5 years beyond Bachelors degree). up to 1/3 of time
Ordering supplies and keeping inventory of supplies and stored samples, organizing sample sets and shared resources and datasets, keeping the lab in good working order, managing compliance with safety regulations, and maintaining laboratory and field equipment. up to 1/3 of time.
Data processing and analysis, including Excel spreadsheets; experience with basic bioinformatics for sequence analysis preferred. Prefer experience with bioinformatics command line programming in UNIX. On the job training can be provided. Up to 1/4 of time.
Organizing and performing fieldwork on San Pedro Ocean Time-series cruises approximately monthly (including loading/unloading equipment, sample collection and preparation, experiments). Possibly other fieldwork on boat or Catalina marine lab. Previous at-sea experience preferred. Training in ecology, especially aquatic microbial ecology, strongly preferred.Â Up to 1/4 of time.
Supervising/training undergraduate lab assistants. Assist and train graduate students and postdocs in lab/field/analysis procedures. Up to 1/6 of time.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
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) five 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 to sporting and other campus events.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
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 a regular 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.