Position Title: Project Specialist
Division: Viterbi School of Engineering
Department: Biomedical Engineering

USC's Brain-Body Dynamics Laboratory, Directed by Prof. Francisco Valero-Cuevas, is seeking a Project Specialist to join its team.
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The Project Specialist provides specialized research support to investigators in the development of research protocols for a project or study. Or supervises a segment of a research project such as data collection or data analysis.

Job Accountabilities:
Technical expertise in experimental equipment, motion capture systems, EMG processing, machining and electronic circuits.

Data processing using MATLAB and C languages.

Assists in the design of study protocols. Recommends methods and procedures for data acquisition, management and quality control. Recommends statistical techniques for data analysis. Contributes to the writing of reports, research papers, articles and other documentation of study results.

Assists in building and maintaining study samples. Disseminates information about the project. Screens participants by assessing eligibility for research protocols and potential for commitment to project. Develops and implements sample enhancement strategies. Monitors participant progression throughout study and conducts evaluation at end of study.

Contributes to the documentation and update of study procedures. Coordinates design, revision, approval and production of research instruments and related materials such as consent forms.

Instructs study personnel on proper protocol and quality assurance procedures and responds to questions regarding data collection, coding, management and analysis methods.

Advises on statistical techniques for data collection and analysis. Assists in the planning of data collection. Develops computer programs for data screening and analysis or recommends and uses statistical software. Generates graphs, charts or tables to present analysis results and provides interpretation.

Conducts quality assurance reviews of research protocols. Monitors and cites violations and submits regular reports.

Writes status reports of study efforts and works with investigators on the writing of articles, research papers and other documentation of study results.

Stays current with pertinent literature and developments in field of specialization. Researches and recommends specialized equipment purchases and hardware/software installations and modifications. Operates and maintains very specialized equipment and trains others in equipment usage.

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

Current permission to work in the US is strongly preferred (US Citizenship, permanent residency or current H1-B status).

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience to be able to advise on project procedures and analysis techniques
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Education: Master's degree
Preferred Experience: 3 years

Location: University Park Campus
Employment Type: Full-Time

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.