Research Lab Technician II

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is.

The laboratory of Dr. Jianming Xie at the Department of Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy, is seeking a highly motivated researcher to join his team as a research assistant. The Xie lab focuses on genetic engineering of T cells and NK cells with novel chimeric antigen receptors (CAR) to target cancer and HIV. We use a multi-disciplinary approach to achieve this goal, including protein chemistry, cellular engineering, biophysics, immunology, and mouse models.

The research assistant will work closely with senior lab members, performing biochemical, cellular, and/or mouse experiments to develop and validate novel CAR-T and CAR-NK cells.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepares solutions, reagents, and media for experimental use.
  • Performs a variety of experiments (e.g., molecular cloning, mammalian cell culture, lentiviral transduction, flow cytometry, ELISA, xenograft mouse models) independently or under the supervision of senior lab members.
  • Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments.
  • Maintains and organizes laboratory supplies.
  • Handles and disposes of hazardous and non-hazardous materials in accordance with safety protocols.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in mammalian cell culture, ELISA, flow cytometry, and/or mouse studies.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in molecular and cell biology, immunology, bioengineering, pharmaceutical sciences, chemical biology, or a related discipline.
  • Ability to understand and perform protocols with high degree of consistency.
  • Strong organizational skills and multi-task abilities.

Applicants should apply through the portal and upload a cover letter and a CV/resume.


Minimum Education: Associate's degree, Specialized/technical training, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 2 years Minimum 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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