Job Description

The Lundquist Institute is looking for a Full-time Lab Technician to join our team in our Torrance, CA location

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Biology or another Life Science.
  • Must have prior experience within a life sciences lab. Collegiate lab experience is acceptable.
  • Must have prior experience handling cell cultures and animals in a research setting with prior experience with animal husbandry.
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of basic cell and molecular biology techniques and biochemistry experiments required. Knowledge of PCR, DNA and RNA extractions, genotyping, sequencing and mutation screening and similar lab techniques desired.
  • Basic understanding of mouse handling techniques required. Proficiency in mouse colony maintenance and animal husbandry techniques desired.
  • Ability to learn quickly and to function with minimal day-to-day direction. Self motivated.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines
  • Ability to interact in an appropriate and professional manner
  • Demonstrated cooperative behavior and positive-problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Available to work dependable, flexible shift

Description of Duties

This is a position in the Yoshihara Lab (https://eijiyoshiharalab.com/) who studies developmental biology, physiology and genomics by using human pluripotent stem cells and genetic animal models. Recently we have developed the methods to generate functional human pancreatic islet organoids, which potentially will be the solution for insulin dependent diabetes (Yoshihara et al, Nature, 2020; Wei & Yoshihara et al, Cell, 2019; Yoshihara et al, Cell Metabolism, 2016). Our goal is creating novel therapies for diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Assist with molecular genetics research focusing on mouse models of diabetes and for managing mouse colonies that support these studies. Screening of applications begins from March 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Perform stem cell related experiments, include culture and differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) by using 3D Organoids system.

  • Perform a variety of lab techniques such as PCR, DNA and RNA extractions, genotyping, sequencing, mutation screening and similar lab techniques
  • Data analysis and maintenance of tissue, DNA, and other experimental samples
  • Assist with general laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies
  • Other duties as may be assigned

Benefits:

  • Medical: Regular full-time employees and their dependents are provided with a choice of HMO or POS group medical insurance benefits. The cost for these benefits is shared between the Lundquist Institute and the employee.
  • Dental: Regular full-time employees and their dependents are provided with a choice of HMO or PPO group dental insurance benefit options, including orthodontic allowances. The cost for these benefits is shared between Lundquist Institute and the employee.
  • Vision: Regular full-time employees and their dependents are provided with group vision insurance benefit options. The cost for these benefits is shared between Lundquist Institute and the employee.
  • Disability: Eligible employees are provided with long-term disability insurance, which is fully paid for by Lundquist Institute This insurance provides benefits if an employee becomes disabled due to illness, pregnancy, or injury for more than 120 days.
  • Paid Vacation: Eligible employees can accumulate ten (10) hours of vacation per month up to a maximum of 15 working days per year.
  • Pension Plan: The Lundquist Institute provides a retirement plan for eligible employees, which is fully funded by Lundquist Institute. The Lundquist Institute makes an annual contribution based on each employee’s earnings in accordance with the provisions of the plan.
  • Supplemental Retirement: Eligible employees can participate in a 403(b) supplemental retirement plan which allows pretax contributions. The Lundquist Institute offers a variety of investment options through Fidelity Investment, TIAA/CREF.
  • Life Insurance: Eligible employees are provided with group life insurance, which is fully paid for by the Lundquist Institute.
  • Paid Sick Leave: Eligible employees can accrue up to ten (10) days of sick leave per year.

The Lundquist Institute is a non-profit scientific research organization dedicated to saving lives not only in the greater Los Angles metro area but throughout the world. The Institute has over more than 120 principal investigators and 400 researchers in total — MD’s, MD/PhD’s, and PhD’s — working on over 1,000 research studies. We are academically affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and work in partnership with the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Our research is funded by many sources including grants from the NIH and other government entities, Industry and teaching contracts and royalties, as well as private donors and other non-profit foundations.

Position requires a background check and health clearance

Please apply on-line @ www.Lundquist.org

Equal Opportunity Employer

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