Life Sciences Technician II

California, United States
Thursday, 29 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 28 December 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

This position is represented by SEIU Local 2007 and the collective bargaining agreement between the university and SEIU Local 2007 governs the terms and conditions of employment.

The Maldonado Lab in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases at Stanford University, is seeking a Life Science Technician 2 (LST2) to perform basic lab functions and activities involved in defined research projects.

Learn more about our lab here:

Duties include:

  • Responsible processing blood samples collected for TrackCOVID and CHART surveillance studies. She/he will require centrifuging blood samples and aliquoting plasma using a pipette into small tubes for storage this will involve calibration of the centrifuge on a regular basis.  She/he will also be involved in running flow cytometry and responsible for developing T cell assays to understand the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and adjust accordingly.
  • Lead creation of sample collection kits to ensure sufficient supply for all testing sites.  Will work with multiple other staff members to process, label for storage using FreezerWorks database.  Ship samples from multiple testing locations.  Responsible for transporting specimens to clinical lab and/or research storage freezer. 
  • Help with general lab maintenance including ordering and maintaining lab supplies at testing site lab locations. Must adhere to standard lab operating procedures, and is expected to propose changes to PI for consultation, if appropriate, with intent to increase efficiency.   
  • Share expertise and best practices with new members of the lab, as applicable.
  • Will generate data to be included in research manuscripts by providing figures and tables showing experimental result and statistical analyses.  Will help write the Materials and Methods section. Present research data to lab members during internal lab meetings.
  • Will briefly survey COVID-19 publications in the field of research every week on PubMed and Google Scholars.

*Other duties may be assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in any life sciences field is a plus.

Expertise in laboratory techniques including pipetting and database experience is a plus.


Two years of laboratory experience or two years of college coursework in the scientific discipline a combination of equivalent education and relevant work experience.


Work at the Life Science Technician II level requires experience and ability beyond that required for the Life Science Technician I, including increased technical skills and problem-solving abilities




  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand.
  • Ability to stand and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
  • Occasionally lift and handle materials up to 10 pounds
  • Rarely carry/pull and/or push up to 20 pounds
  • Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
  • 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.


Work occurs in a research laboratory environment. Depending on research, may work in the vicinity of animals, chemicals, gasses, or hazardous materials. Expected to follow all safety requirements and procedures including wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if required.  Hours may include evening, weekend and holidays

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 5644
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: A24
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 87621

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