USC Internship – Research Lab Technician II – School of Gerontology

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. USC is consistently ranked among the nation’s most prestigious universities, and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology features one of the world’s best degree and research programs in gerontology. The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology has an international reputation as a hub of aging research and with additional strong programs throughout the university, leads the way in defining and advancing the field of gerontology:

The University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is seeking a Research Lab Technician II to join our staff and student community. This role is responsible for providing support for the execution of protocols and approaches to study the role of exercise as an intervention against age-associated cognitive decline and age-associated neurodegenerative disease

Reporting directly to Dr. Constanza Cortes, Assistant Professor, the Research Lab Technician II will work in collaboration with scientific cores, collaborating labs, and animal resource programs. The ideal candidate will have a background in neuroscience or aging or a related field. Experience with animal modeling, particularly rodents, is a plus. The candidates should be hard-working, self-motivated, possess excellent communication skills, as well as strong attention to detail. Animal research will be a key component of this position, willingness to perform work with live animals is an essential requirement.

Roles And Responsibilities To Include

  • Mouse colony management: proficiency with mouse modeling, including ear tagging, genotyping, weaning, and breeding of multiple mouse lines is preferred.
  • Cryosectioning of mouse tissues, immunostaining of brain sections and primary culturing are highly valued.
  • Collects, enters, summarizes, and analyzes data.
  • Assists in the maintenance of lab equipment and supplies: inventory management, ordering, and supply oversights.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree. Combined experience/education as a substitute for minimum education.
  • Previous animal handling experience is a plus
  • Proficient with MS Office, Adobe Suite
  • Experience working in the higher education field is ideal.

This is a non-exempt position with work expected to be standard in-person hours of operations, with potential for weekend work during emergencies only. No travel will be required. Benefits include a competitive salary, and a rich array of USC benefits including healthcare (including dental and vision), 403(b), tuition reimbursement, national holidays, paid vacation, and more.

This position is funded by a research contract/grant and may be funded by a subsequent contract/grant. Accordingly, your position is contingent upon receipt of the necessary funding from this or any subsequent contract/grant to continue employment.

The hourly rate range for this position is $22-$26. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

If you are interested, please submit your completed application, including a cover letter and resume with references. Thank you for your interest!

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the

Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring



We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at

[email protected]

. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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.

Job Details:

Company: University of Southern California

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Los Angeles, CA

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