Senior Research Associate - Los Angeles, CA | Biospace
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Senior Research Associate

USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine

Los Angeles, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
$57,000- $85,000
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Job Description

Our focus at the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC is improving cancer outcomes by discovering optimal approaches to personalized therapy. Our vision is that a patient’s own metrics will determine their most effective treatment. They might include molecular tumor markers, the dynamics of intracellular processes, or the behavior of cells across diverse microenvironments. We investigate a broad range of biological systems, including cell culture, mouse models, and patient-derived tissues.

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.

We are looking for a talented biological researcher who is capable of working with a team to develop and to apply innovative technologies to cancer target discovery.

The qualified candidate will be responsible for live cell and tissue imaging using advanced microscopy techniques.  These will include two-photon imaging, laser confocal imaging, the use of fluorescent dyes and chromogenic stains. This position will involve the analysis of high-throughput microscopy image data using software such as Imaris and PerkinElmer’s Harmony. The candidate will perform cell culture, derive novel cell lines as needed, and prepare cancer tissue specimens. This position involves the design and documentation of experiments, detailed record-keeping, and weekly presentations to supervisory staff. The selection, operation, and maintenance of complex microscopy equipment will also be required. Because USC is an educational institution, the candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates and junior staff members. Senior research associates are expected to aid in the development of grant applications, contribute to writing scientific manuscripts, and be able to perform day-to-day tasks independently.


The position requires a Ph.D. in Biology, Bioengineering, Engineering, Physics or a related field. Previous experience with live cell imaging is essential.  Excellent verbal and communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment are required.