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Research Lab Technician I
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Research Lab Technician I


The Dickman laboratory is seeking a research laboratory technician to support studies aimed at identifying the molecules and elucidating the mechanisms that achieve and maintain the stability of neural function and in determining how dysfunction in these processes may contribute to human disease. The position is based in the Neurobiology section of the department of Biological Sciences, on the beautiful University Park Campus of USC, close to downtown LA and within easy commuting distance of the west side of LA and Pasadena. The Neurobiology section is part of a vibrant community with many opportunities for enrichment and interaction.

Position responsibilities

There is an open Research Technician position in the laboratory of Dion Dickman at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Website: dickmanlab.com (Twitter @dion_synapse). The Dickman laboratory is focused on the fundamental question: How do synapses maintain stable functionality in the face of perturbations during development, growth, maturation, experience, and disease? Outcomes from our work will define the molecular principles that govern how synaptic properties are maintained within stable physiological ranges to permit coherent information transfer in the nervous system, and illuminate how defects in homeostatic signaling contribute to the etiology of neurological disease.

We use the Drosophila neuromuscular junction as a model glutamatergic synapse. This powerful system provides unparalleled opportunities to interrogate the genes and mechanisms that orchestrate the homeostatic control of synaptic function. The laboratory uses an integrated approach that centers on using sophisticated molecular genetics, quantitative and dynamic imaging, and electrophysiology. Two major areas of research focus are presynaptic homeostatic modulation of potentiation and inhibition.

The candidate will support the research team in all aspects of the scientific process, which may include a combination of Drosophila genetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, and imaging analysis. The ideal candidate will thrive in a collaborative work environment, as the position will work with other lab members, including students of various levels. The successful applicant should troubleshoot experiments and communicate effectively with other members of the team.


Candidates must have a college degree in a related scientific discipline (Neuroscience, Genetics, Biology, etc). Expertise in Drosophila genetics or any of the approaches used in the laboratory is preferred. Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter and complete contact information for at least three references to the link below (or contact Dr. Dickman directly).

Percentage of Time: 100%

This position is a fixed term position (2 year term). This is an NIH grant funded position.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter and resume required. Please ensure these documents are attached/uploaded during the application process.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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About University of Southern California

Established in 1880 and located in the heart of Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world's leading private research universities, with a central College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 17 professional schools on two campuses. The Health Sciences campus, to the northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is home to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the School of Pharmacy, three major teaching hospitals and programs in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.