Life Science Research Professional

California, United States
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 18 January 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 2 to perform more complex functions and activities involved in defined research projects and independently conduct a portion of the research project(s).

About the Lab:

Our laboratory seeks to maximize the diagnostic data potential from minimally invasive or non-invasive sampling for disease diagnostics. We study the fundamental characteristics of and create quantitative models for cell-free nucleic acids (DNA) as a data-rich marker for medical diagnostics. We also have a tradition of engineering the necessary tools to digitize biological data from nucleic acids into digital data for eventual medical interpretation. For patients, this will eventually mean obtaining critical medical information the need for immediate surgeries or highly invasive procedures.

We are seeking a Life Science Research Professional 2 to help expand a new research lab at Stanford. Funding is provided by NIH, Burroughs Wellcome, and the Department of Pathology. The desired candidate is self-motivated, detail-oriented, independent, patient, punctual, and conscientious, with excellent written/oral communication and interpersonal skills.  Under the supervision of the principal investigator, duties include participation in research projects, molecular biology, assay development, NGS library preparation, data collection, and assistance with data analysis and manuscripts. There will be ample opportunities for publication. Our previous LSRP was on 5 papers in under a year.

Duties include:

  • Independently conduct a portion of the research project(s). Make recommendations on experimental design and/or research direction to principal investigator.
  • Independently conduct complex (lab and/or field) experiments to gather data for a portion of a major research project.
  • Interpret and analyze results, often where few guidelines exist, and make modifications to existing procedures and protocols.
  • Develop new research protocols where appropriate protocols are not described in the literature or where modification or adaptation of standard procedures and protocols is required.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; apply to ongoing research and development of new protocols.
  • Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section, and to publication of findings. Present ongoing work to colleagues and/or academic conferences.
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Supervise (either formally or informally) staff or students as needed, including oversight and direction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work. Serve as a technical resource for other research staff.
  • Oversee the daily activities of the laboratory including lab maintenance; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed. May assist with purchasing laboratory equipment.

*- Other duties may also be assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree in Biology, Genetics, Bioengineering, Computational Biology, or related field.
  • Experience with next generation sequencing wet and dry lab, qPCR, PCR, methylation-based epigenetics, cell-free DNA diagnostics, data analysis, and/or programming skills will be highly beneficial.
  • 2-3 years of laboratory experience is desired with proficiency in either basic molecular techniques or computational biology with a strong desire to learn/perform molecular biology.
  • Self-motivated, a quick learner, a team player with strong communication skills, organized with record keeping.

Education & Experience (REQUIRED):

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (REQUIRED):

  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.

Physical Requirements*:

  • 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.

Working Conditions:

  • 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.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4952
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: G
Requisition ID: 87800