Life Science Research Professional 1

California, United States
Thursday, 5 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 5 January 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Biochemistry is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 (LSRP1) to perform in vivo research activities in defined research projects to evaluate novel vaccine candidates' efficacy against viral pathogens including COVID-19, influenza, and HIV. The position will require working independently and collaboratively with other lab members to characterize the immune response to protein immunogens using various animal models. Significant expertise with performing experiments with small animals, primarily mice, is required. The candidate should have skills with cell culture and general molecular biology techniques. Additionally, an interest in immunology research is a plus. The successful candidate must have good organizational and communication skills and learn quickly and work independently. On the job training in specific techniques will be provided. The LSRP1 may assist in supervising and training new staff and students on techniques as necessary. Approximately 1/3 time would be devoted to lab management duties such as ordering supplies, maintaining lab records, equipment, and protocols, and adhering to all Stanford safety regulations.

Duties include:

  • Plan and perform experiments independently and as necessary support other research projects in collaboration with postdocs and graduate students.
  • Perform in vivo immunization experiment in mice, collect blood samples, harvest lymphoid organs, and process the samples for monitoring immune response to vaccine candidates.
  • Participate in immune monitoring assays (e.g., ELISA) to evaluate responses to vaccine candidates in animals.
  • Perform routine maintenance of different cell culture systems used in the laboratory.
  • Interpret and analyze results and make modifications to existing procedures and protocols.
  • Maintain detailed records of experiments and results.
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; apply them to continuing research and development of new protocols.
  • Contribute to the publication of findings as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals. Use appropriate software to create figures for publications and presentations.
  • Participate in the laboratory's daily activities, including lab maintenance; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory, ordering supplies, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • May assist with purchasing laboratory equipment.

*- Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this role, the candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology or a related scientific field.
  • Ability to design and plan experiments independently.
  • General understanding of scientific principles.
  • General computer skills and capacity to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated the ability to complete detailed work accurately.


  • Bachelor's degree in biology or a related scientific field.


  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.


  • 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.


  • 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 30 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 30 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.


  • 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‚Äôs Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4945
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: E
  • Requisition ID: 87687