Life Science Research Professional 1

California, United States
Saturday, 6 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University is engaged in urgent research to stabilize COVID-19 mRNA vaccines to enable world-wide immunization, in collaboration with a leading industry consortium. The Barna lab (Dept. of Genetics) and the Das lab (Dept. of Biochemistry) seek a Life Science Research Professional 1 to perform basic functions and activities involved in defined research projects, to independently conduct and analyze experiments, and to document and present results to a broader collaboration.

Duties include:

  • Plan approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory. 
  • Independently conduct experiments; maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes. 
  • Apply the theories and methods of a life science discipline to interpret and perform analyses of experiment results; offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with senior researcher.
  • Contribute to publication of findings as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals. 

*- Other duties may also be assigned.


  • The position requires completion of a Bachelors degree in a scientific field, and ideally 1-2 years of relevant lab experience. 

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of:

  1. gel electrophoresis as applied to nucleic acid sequencing, with experience in preparing and running PAGE or capillary gel systems, 
  2. high-throughput experimental formats, including assays in 96-well format
  3. the chemical structure and basic molecular biology of DNA and RNA 
  4. basic organic chemistry of nucleic acid chemical modification 
  5. the principles underlying next-generation Illumina sequencing 

Computer proficiency and excellent organizational skills.

Must be accurate, highly efficient, have excellent record keeping abilities, be able to work with team members in a cooperative fashion, and have good communication skills.


  • 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 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.
  • 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 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 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’s Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4945
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: E
  • Requisition ID: 87934