Research Lab Technician I – African turquoise killifish

Research Lab Technician I – African turquoise killifish

University of Southern California //
Los Angeles, CA //
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The Benayoun Lab [] at the USC Davis School of Gerontology is seeking a Research Lab Technician I to join its team!

This person will join a lab working on the molecular basis of aging and age-related diseases. This is an opportunity for a reliable and self-motivated person to participate in cutting-edge aging research!

They will be working mainly with our African turquoise killifish model, a naturally short-lived fish that the lab is working with to understand vertebrate aging biology. They will help manage our African fish colony and work with African turquoise killifish cells and tissues. They will also assist with data generation and basic analysis derived from aged turquoise killifish tissues and will make contributions to projects in the laboratory.

Primary responsibilities are to manage and genotype a colony of African turquoise killifish (including daily husbandry in our research aquarium, monitoring of the fish life support system, and feeding responsibilities). Other responsibilities include aspects of lab management support (i.e., ordering basic supplies, maintaining proper lab records, etc.).

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Job responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
– Manage the husbandry of a medium colony of African turquoise killifish (30-100 tanks) in a recirculating aquatics system
– Ensure consistent life support conditions for the fish for research
– Perform basic experiments and data analysis to support lab members’ projects. – Maintain detailed records of experiments, analyses, and outcomes.
– Help train new lab members in fish husbandry techniques.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

– Contribute to the development of new research protocols and procedures or adaptation of existing protocols to the model.
– May contribute to publication of findings and present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.
– Perform general lab maintenance as needed. Help maintain lab stocks, chemical inventory, and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

We are looking for candidates that will be comfortable working with fish, and that will be able to keep the colony in compliance with vertebrate animal research regulations.
This position requires strong organizational skills, and the ability to interact collaboratively with the PI and others lab members on a daily basis.

Education & Experience

Our ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field.
They will already be comfortable working with vertebrate animals, in particular fish.
Experience with basic molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR) is desired, but can be acquired on the job.

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

Ability to work standing in the fish room, go up a ladder to reach tanks on upper shelves of our aquatics system.

Salary & Benefits
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 is a non-exempt position. 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.