Life Science Research Professional 4

California, United States
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 21 December 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

As the oldest medical school in the western United States, the Stanford School of Medicine is devoted to training tomorrow's leading physicians and scientists, conducting cutting-edge biomedical research, and creating new ways to prevent and treat disease across the world. The Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI) is one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country and is a prominent, dynamic and complex institute within the Stanford University School of Medicine. The SCI is seeking an ideal candidate for the combined roles of Life Science Research Professional 4 and Lab Manager to oversee and manage major portions of complex research projects now underway by two of our nationally prominent cancer scientists: Dr. Nathanael Gray (Chemical & Systems Biology) and Dr. Priscilla Yang (Microbiology and Immunology).

This position will initially involve organizing laboratory set-up at four different locations on the Stanford campus, coordinating laboratory moves from the East coast, interfacing with multiple vendors, and ensuring facility renovations meet the needs of planned research. Once the labs are established, the LSRP 4/ Lab Manager will manage the laboratories as well as engage in individual scientific research focused on cancer therapeutics development. The position will have dual reporting to both Drs. Gray and Yang.

The ideal candidate will have a science degree (MS/PhD) and be intimately familiar with laboratory research (ideally chemical biology, virology and/or drug discovery background).  Excellent organizational skills and familiarity with government- and industry-funded research, as well as health and safety requirements, are essential. Future job growth includes project management and alliance coordination with academic and industry partners.  Information about the Yang and Gray laboratories can be found at: and  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Duties include:

  • Lead multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
  • Design research approaches for the entire project, including background research, experimental design and execution, problem solving, and writing up for publication.
  • Conduct complex (lab and/or field) experiments, and maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes; analyze and interpret research data resulting from original procedures and methods; oversee critical analyses of data from entire project.
  • Develop new protocols; test and evaluate a variety of approaches.
  • Participate in creating new research proposals, and prepare for submission for funding and grants.
  • Prepare periodic progress reports or written reports on all phases of the research project.
  • Contribute original ideas of major methodologies that alter the course of the investigation or develop innovative solution(s) to complex research problems.
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; proceed without consultation with principal investigator to implement new techniques into research project.
  • Co-author publications; may present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Supervise other staff, including hiring, performance management, and related duties. Provide instruction on complex techniques and direction on projects.

Additional Duties:

  • Plan and determine equipment needs, authorize purchase of equipment including capital improvements, and manage installation of equipment and instruments in collaboration with facilities services staff. Evaluate and strategically determine equipment upgrade/replacement options and other alternatives in lieu of repair based on latest technological advances and current and future needs. Negotiate, select, and monitor complex equipment service contracts and warranties with vendors.
  • Participate in creating strategic plans for future laboratory needs in consultation with faculty and department leadership. Consult and collaborate with faculty and department leadership to plan and allocate lab space for current and future teaching and research needs.
  • Design and implement plans for renovations of equipment and/or facilities; manage complex laboratory moves in collaboration with facilities services staff.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • Ideally previous experience and success in academic or industrial (pharmaceutical or biotechnology company) lab management.
  • Scientific background (ideally PhD or at least 10 years of relevant work experience ) and general understanding of laboratory research.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task across many simultaneous projects.
  • Ability to think proactively and establish work-flows to ensure completion of tasks within timelines.


Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and six years of relevant work experience; or Master’s degree in a related scientific field and four years relevant experience; or PhD in related scientific field and two years of relevant experience.


  • Extensive understanding of scientific principles.
  • Expert level knowledge and skills in field of science related to research project.
  • General computer skills, experience with databases and scientific applications, and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines is essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Strong project management and leadership skills.


  • 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.
  • May require spending some time where organic chemistry is being performed.


  • 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 based 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,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4954
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 87004

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