Research Assistant

California, United States
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Genetics Department at Stanford University seeks a talented Research Assistant (Life Science Research Professional 1) to investigate mechanisms of human eye disease through studies of cultured cells and creation of mouse models. The employee will independently conduct and analyze experiments to support ongoing projects in the lab, and do independent projects as abilities and time allow. The employee will troubleshoot and adapt methods as necessary to achieve project goals. 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. The employee will facilitate the daily operation of the lab and help to assure lab compliance with government and University guidelines regarding health and safety.

Duties include: 

  • Plan and perform experiments in support of research projects in a lab using knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results. 
  • Offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with graduate post-doctoral individuals.
  • Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes. 
  • Contribute to publication of findings as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals. Use appropriate software to create figures for publications and presentations.
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stocks, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students.
  • Manage mouse colony.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


  • At least 1 year of relevant research experience is preferred, as is experience working with live mice.
  • Understanding of Mendelian genetics and proficiency in common molecular and cellular biology methods are preferred.
  • Prefer excellent manual dexterity to reproducibly perform mouse surgeries, dissections, and measurements. 
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is desired.
  • Mature judgment, good problem solving and organizational skills and the ability to attend to detail with consistent accuracy are highly preferred. 
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture, creation of mammalian expression constructs and recombinant viruses, quantitative PCR, immunohistology, and in situ hybridization is a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.


  • General understanding of scientific principles. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Will require work in an environment where animals are used for 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,