Life Science Research Professional 1
The Department of Genetics at Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 to join the newly created Stanford Metabolic Health Center. The LSRP will be a member of a research team that is using cutting-edge mass spectrometry technologies to detect metabolic disorders in kids and newborns. The goal of this work is to detect metabolic abnormalities early to initiate precise management so that the child can be saved from lifelong complications.
Responsibilities include receiving plasma and urine samples from hospital and clinics and keep an inventory of these samples, extract metabolites and lipids and perform mass spectrometry experiments, and other duties as assigned. The LSRP will be expected to work closely with other members of the research team and the supervisor to develop protocols, interpret and analyze the results of experiments, and suggest modifications to procedures as appropriate. The position includes lab management tasks such as ordering supplies, maintaining lab records, and adhering to safety regulations.
The candidate must be organized, enjoy problem solving, be a team player and have strong communication skills. This is an opportunity for a motivated and reliable person to participate in highly collaborative, cutting-edge research at the forefront of modern biology.
- Plan and perform experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results.
- Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and related research.
- Offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with senior researchers.
- Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
- Contribute to publication of findings as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals.
- Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
- Help orient and train new staff or students.
*- Other duties may also be assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in Analytical Chemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, or related scientific field is preferred.
- Hands-on experience with mass spectrometry is required.
- Experience with metabolomics and/or lipidomics using mass spectrometry is desired.
- Previous laboratory research experience in academia or industry desired.
- Meticulous record keeping and organizational skills.
- Careful attention to detail in all laboratory techniques.
- Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
- Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate experiments with co-workers is essential.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
- General understanding of scientific principles. Demonstrated performance to use knowledge and skills when needed.
- Demonstrated ability to apply theoretical knowledge of science principals to problem solve work.
- Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
- General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
- Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
- Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.
CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:
- Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
- Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
- Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
- Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
- Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
- Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to work in a dusty, dirty, and odorous environment.
- Position may require repetitive motion.
*- 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 his or her job.
- May require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens.
- May require work in an environment where animals are used for teaching and research.
- Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.
- Employee must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses and shoes, protective clothing and gloves, and possibly a respirator.
- May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.
WORK STANDARDS (from JDL):
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors bases on training and lessons learned.
- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
- Schedule: Full-time
- Job Code: 4945
- Employee Status: Regular
- Grade: E
- Department URL: http://genetics.stanford.edu/
- Requisition ID: 87422