Date Posted: May 24, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Environment and Background
The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC is a multidisciplinary research institute developing innovative approaches in the prevention and treatment of cancer in order to significantly impact patients’ health and quality of life. We focus on understanding complex tumor-microenvironmental interactions and discovering optimal approaches for personalizing patient care. Our vision is to use a patient’s own metrics (genetic information, molecular tumor markers, dynamic tumor cell behaviors and drug responses across diverse microenvironments) to determine the most effective treatment. We are currently investigating a broad range of biological systems, including cell culture, mouse models, and patient-derived tissues.
The Ellison Institute employs a centralized Cell Line Team to run a Master Cell Bank to ensure that relevant cell line stocks are maintained and that researchers and external collaborators are provided with quality controlled seed stocks of cell lines. The Mumenthaler Lab at the Ellison Institute is seeking a research lab technician who has a strong interest in cancer biology, who is eager to learn a broad range of wet lab skills, and is capable of working in a team. The qualified candidate will become a part of our Cell Line Team, which involves building and characterizing the lab’s biorepository of both cancer cells and patient derived 3D-organoid lines. Key technical skills include tissue culture (2D and 3D), establishing and publishing protocols and standard operating procedures, maintaining inventory of our cryopreservation bank, as well as authenticating and testing all new and existing cell lines. Additional duties include isolation of nucleic acids (DNA/RNA) for the characterization of cell lines using molecular biology techniques such as qPCR and DNA sequencing.
Interested individuals should provide their CV and a 1-2 page cover letter.
● BS degree in molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry, or other relevant discipline.
● 2 years of relevant experience as a lab technician or research assistant.
● Experience with tissue culture of cancer cell lines.
Posting Salary Range: $20.08 - $24.27/hour, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package.
Percentage of Time: 100%
Fixed Term? No
More information about our lab can be found at https://ellison.usc.edu/