The Department of Neurosurgery is seeking a highly experienced Research Scientist (Staff). The Research Scientist (Staff) will manage the laboratory, work on several research projects, and will perform studies in vitro to investigate the molecular mechanisms affecting pituitary tumors, meningiomas, and other brain tumors. Utilized techniques will include DNA/RNA extraction, genomic and epigenetic profiling and sequencing, gene expression augmentation using shRNA and CRISPR, cell culture work, and drug development. Priority skills include cell culture, drug testing, invasion assays, DNA/RNA extraction, FACS, CRISPR, gene knockdown/expression, ELISA, DNA methylation and others.
This position will collaborate with principal investigator and other researchers to plan design and conduct highly technical and complex research projects. Analyzes research data and provides interpretations. Will contribute to the development of research documentation for publication. Will supervise other employees engage in laboratory technical services on a regular or project basis.
We are seeking an independent individual with direct experience and established skills to conduct technical, complex laboratory experiments in a clinical research setting using laboratory and safety protocols. Must be able to work independently as well as work well with other personnel staff. Must be detail oriented keep technical records, interpret data, present reports, assist in developing and completing reports for publications and announcement.
Minimum Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorateMinimum Experience: 5 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience in research specialization with highly advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures, analysis methods, principles, theories and concepts. Demonstrated leadership in developing new ideas and ability to publish in appropriate academic and practitioner outlets. Demonstrated independent thinking and leadership in scholarly writing according to such criteria as: first authored publications, conceptual leadership in the development of publications generated alone or with others, writing of first drafts of publications and/or single authored publications.
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.