Life Science Research Professional

California, United States
Monday, 26 August 2019
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Saturday, 26 October 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.

The William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C) in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) seeks a Life Science Research Professional (LSRP2) to serve as research and operations manager overseeing activities at the CR2C testbed facility on the Stanford campus and at a future testbed at a peninsula wastewater treatment plant.

The CR2C aims to usher in a new era of sustainable resource recovery technologies that generate revenue by recovering freshwater from wastewater, fertilizer from nutrient-rich waste streams, and energy and valuable biomaterials from waste organic matter. The CEE department is home to a large and active student body, excellent and dedicated faculty, and highly skilled and experienced administrative staff members who maintain high standards of excellence in a collegial environment.

Reporting to the CR2C’s Executive Director, the successful LSRP2 candidate will conduct and manage research projects and field experiments to gather data and modify operating and research procedures as needed. This position requires management of student researchers and operators and ongoing compliance with health and safety rules and expectations. This position will oversee the CR2C supply and equipment budget and the daily activities of the laboratory including lab maintenance, inventory, safety records and provision of general lab support.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Lead operations of anaerobic secondary treatment scale-up project at a local wastewater treatment plant as well as an on-campus testbed facility, including daily monitoring and operations of all equipment and coordination of laboratory analysis.
  • Ensure site safety and the maintenance of updated operations and safety protocols, providing necessary training, documentation, and safety equipment, and maintaining collaborative relationship with Stanford Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S).
  • Ensure the continuous operation of CR2C’s core treatment infrastructure consisting of wastewater intake, grit removal, microscreen, anaerobic secondary treatment, and pumping systems.
  • Develop and maintain plant spare parts inventory.
  • Ensure implementation and documentation of preventive maintenance.
  • Respond to alarms and trouble-shoot problems that emerge.
  • Supervise laboratory operations to ensure generation of high-quality data.
  • In consultation with CR2C Executive Director, design & implement modifications and improvements to the plant as needed.
  • Hire, train, and supervise the team of part-time student operators who will conduct day-to-day facility operations; fulfill operator duties when needed.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field and two years of relevant work experience or a Master’s degree in a related scientific field.
  • General understanding of scientific principles. Demonstrated performance using knowledge and skills when needed.
  • The ability to perform more complex functions and activities involved in defined research projects and independently conduct a portion of the research project(s).
  • Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • An ability to prioritize and multi-task, working under deadlines with general guidance.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases and scientific applications.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

Freedom to grow.

We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.

A caring culture.

We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources

A healthier you.

Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.

Discovery and fun.

Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.

Enviable resources.

Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

How to Apply

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  Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4952
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: G