Organoid Core Lab Manager

California, United States
Sunday, 7 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 4 (LSRP4) to serve as Organoid Core Director at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Stanford School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in western United States, 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 Division of Hematology is a progressive and dynamic center for basic and translational science, clinical research, patient care, and teaching, where clinicians, scholars, investigators, and trainees work together to harness the power and resources of Stanford Medicine in the pursuit of excellence.

The LSRP4 will perform functions and activities involved in managing the implementation of this exciting new organoid technology to grow 3-dimensional “mini-organs in a dish” for disease modeling, precision medicine, basic science investigations and biobanking initiatives. The LSRP4 will supervise multiple technical staff and report to the Faculty supervisor. As additional LSRP positions are added, this position will be involved in selection and interviewing the right candidates and possibly supervise those positions. This position will take the lead in managing the lab as well as engage in individual scientific research focused on cancer therapeutics development.

Responsibilities include representing the Organoid Core via written and oral presentations to stakeholders including NIH, private foundations and philanthropic donors. The LSRP4 must interface extensively with clinical and basic science collaborators, manage major portions of complex research projects, prepare NIH and other Core facility grant applications and participate in manuscript writing for original scientific contributions. Additionally, the LSRP4 must optimize media formulations for diverse organoid types based on the published literature and empiric testing.  In addition to supervisory activities the LSRP4 will be hands-on in the lab for wet bench experiments.

The ideal candidate will have a science degree (MS/PhD) and be intimately familiar with laboratory research. Excellent organizational skills and familiarity with government- and industry-funded research, as well as health and safety requirements, are essential. The lab uses organoids to model cancer and this position will have an opportunity to contribute to this organoid research and new discoveries. The LSRP4 will represent the cutting-edge research with internal stakeholders, collaborators from other educational institutions, donors, sponsors, and federal agencies. Information about the Kuo lab can be found at

Duties include:

  • Lead multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
  • Perform 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.
  • Design research approaches for the entire project, including background research, experimental design and execution, problem solving, and writing up for publication.
  • Develop new protocols; test and evaluate a variety of approaches.
  • Participate in creating new research proposals, and prepare for submission for funding and grants.
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • 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.
  • Supervise other staff, including hiring, performance management, and related duties. Provide instruction on complex techniques and direction on projects.

*- The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in biological sciences and experience in Organoid Research is desired.
  • Strong supervisory skills with demonstrated ability to build trust and respect.
  • Experience in establishing partnerships and productive relationships both within the organization and with collaborators and sponsors.


  • 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.


  • 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,

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy.

Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

*- Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4954
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 87842