Research and Technical Staff

ISI offers a prestigious, intellectually vibrant environment on both coasts. As a world-class institution, we combine the best of major research universities and industry research-and-development labs. The result is a flexible working environment in which information scientists can explore the subjects that intrigue them most, anywhere on the basic-to-fully applied research spectrum. Whether pursuing in-depth work in a single field or joining cross-disciplinary teams, you’ll find remarkable colleagues Institute-wide.

Academic advantages

As a unit of USC’s highly ranked Viterbi School of Engineering, ISI provides the independence of an academic setting, along with a lengthy history of federal research support. Individuals are encouraged to seek funding for their research priorities and to pursue that work as fully as their resources allow.

Researchers who enjoy collaborating with students may engage USC Viterbi master's and Ph.D. candidates as research assistants. ISI professionals also may be considered for Research Faculty appointments, enabling them to teach courses in computer science, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, astronautics and aerospace, material science and other fields. Research faculty also may request positions as Ph.D. advisors to students.

Industry appeal

Conversely, ISI resembles corporate labs in its emphasis on projects and systems, along with a leadership commitment to collaborative efforts. Researchers often work closely with ISI colleagues in different disciplines, in departments on USC’s main campus, and at other institutions. Our people also can move beyond pure research to work directly with real-world technology users.

We hire talented researchers, engineers, and research programmers and managers in Marina del Rey, California, and Arlington, Virginia. Please consult the USC employment site for current openings. In addition, we periodically launch new research projects or directions. If you don’t see the right opening, but consider your skills and knowledge ideal for ISI, please submit a resume and letter describing your primary interests and/or research areas to ISI human resources.

ISI also offers a Researcher in Residence that provides talented researchers with the opportunity to pursue creative work for one to two years without extraneous encumbrances.