Life Science Research Professional

Location
California, United States
Posted
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2018
Ref
80552
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Epilepsy Research Laboratory in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine is searching for a research assistant to participate in experiments related to normal cortical function and the pathophysiology of epilepsy. The RA will independently run experiments after consultation with the PI or other lab personnel, perform surgical procedures on rodents, use techniques for making lesions and injections in the brain and process brain sections using immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy and image analysis software. Techniques for in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological recordings are used in some experiments. 

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.
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and apply learnings to related research.
  • Contribute to publication of findings as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals.
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Assist with orientation and training of new staff or students on lab procedures or techniques.

*- Other duties may also be assigned

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

Background in neuroscience preferred. 

  • Animal handling experience
  • One-year prior lab experience

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):

Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):

  • 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.

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, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
  • Operate hand and foot controls. Preparation of brain tissue, perfusion of animals with formalin-based solution
  • 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 assist in lifting 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.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Requires 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 protective clothing and gloves, and possibly a respirator.
  • May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and grant deadlines

WORK STANDARDS:

  • 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.