USCâs Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC) Immune Monitoring Core is seeking a Research Lab Specialist to join its team. NCCCâs Immune Monitoring (IM) Coreâs mission centers on providing the USC community with support for clinical trials for immunotherapy of human cancers; facilitating basic, translational, and clinical research with an immunological monitoring component; and providing immunological assay training and education to faculty, staff and students. The IM core provides quality assessments of immunological function necessary for the study of pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of cancer and other human diseases.
Collaborates with principal investigator and other researchers to plan, design and conduct highly technical and complex research projects. Analyzes research data and provides interpretations. Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication. May supervise other employees engaged in laboratory technical services on a regular or project basis.
The Research Lab Specialist will report to the Director of the IM core and will be responsible for the technical direction and management of core operations. Job responsibilities may include:
Implementing state of the art immunologic assays and testing services to reliably monitor and quantify human immune responses including cell-mediated immune function assays, multiparameter flow cytometry immunophenotyping, cytokine measurements by Luminex and ELISA and measurements of humoral immunity
Providing technical expertise and investigator support for project design and data interpretation
Establishing standard operating procedures and quality control measures for all immunologic assays
Participating in the development of new tests for disease diagnosis and management and for monitoring therapeutics
Interpreting and managing data
Training and supervising staff. The position will require occasional flexible work hours depending on the demands of the experimental protocols and processing of fresh clinical material. Other related duties may be assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
POSITION SPECIFIC JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in cellular immunology, with prior experience in clinical sample handling, biospecimen processing, and immunological analysis.
Candidates must have prior preclinical experience in animal and in vitro cell culture systems.
Experience with flow cytometry, Elispot assays, cytokine multiplexing and other immune-related analysis techniques is required.
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.