Life Science Technician I

California, United States
Monday, 8 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 9 April 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of Medicine Division of Oncology is seeking a full-time Life Science Technician to join our laboratory and assist the research team on translational research projects. In our lab we investigate mechanisms of cancer and liver cancer progression through studies of cultured cells, use of transgenic mouse models and also human specimens. Under the supervision of the PI, this technician will conduct experiments to support ongoing projects in the lab. The position includes work with mice and cultured mammalian cells. The successful applicant will become a member of a research team and must interact productively with other members of the team. 

Duties include:

  • Perform experiments, including PCR and Elisa and maintain records.
  • Assist in simple mouse experiments under direct supervision. Perform Immunohistochemistry and keep detailed accounts of primary and secondary antibody concentrations and exposure time.
  • General lab maintenance:  maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Maintain record of all the orders in the lab and an inventory of the stock.
  • Deliver samples to core facilities and collect results.
  • Clean equipment used in experiments.
  • Maintain records of all the reagents being used.
  • Other duties may also be assigned

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 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.


  • Mature judgment, good problem solving and organizational skills and the ability to attend to detail with consistent accuracy are highly preferred.
  • Understanding of common molecular and cellular biology methods.
  • Prefer excellent manual dexterity to reproducibly perform very simple animal dissection such as removing a readily accessible organ, preparation before and assistance during surgery, administration of medication and post-surgery care. 
  • Performing histological procedures involving fixation of tissue and staining specimens with stains that do not require microscopic control.
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture, creation of mammalian expression constructs and recombinant viruses, and quantitative PCR is a plus.


  • One year’s employment experience in laboratory work or a combination of equivalent education and relevant work experience/training (e.g., one year of college science).


  • Work requires the ability to follow detailed instructions and keep accurate records.


  • None


  • 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.


  • 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,


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.
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  • 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: 5638
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: A18
  • Requisition ID: 88332