Life Science Research Professional

Location
California, United States
Posted
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2018
Ref
80558
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology seeks a Life Science Research Professional 1 to assist with research projects involving treatment of stress urinary incontinence or/and pelvic floor prolapse with stem cells and understanding the basic pathophysiology of pelvic floor disorders.. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) where the urethral sphincter is deficient allowing for leakage of urine with activities. Standard surgery for SUI is effective in 80% of patients. Our target population is those who have failed surgery (20%) or those who are not surgical candidates. Dr.Chen’s lab has developed stem cell therapy which has the advantage of safe skin biopsy, cell “rejuvenation” through the process of iPSC reprogramming, and ability to produce a large homogeneous cell population.

The LSRP 1 will be responsible for assisting senior laboratory members in the preparation and analysis of smooth muscle cell progenitors (pSMCs) differentiated from autologous iPSCs and then prepared for injection into the urethral sphincter of the small animals to aid regeneration of a deficient urethral sphincter muscle. The LSRP will assist multiple projects and must manage time efficiently in doing so. The LSRP will work independently under general guidance from the scientist and must have the ability to recognize irregularities in experimental results and modify experiments as needed. Multiple techniques and skills are necessary and include: techniques of molecular biology, tissue culture, qPCR and RNA extraction. The LSRP will be in direct contact with a scientist for experimental design and troubleshooting, but experiments will be scheduled and performed by the LSRP independently. Additionally, the LSRP will order supplies and prepare some reagents for use by other members of the lab and will train new researchers in basic protocol, fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis.

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: 

Bachelor's degree in biology or biochemistry or molecular physiology or related life scientific field.

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.

CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:

None

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.

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’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.