Life Science Research Professional

California, United States
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Feb 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Radiology at Stanford University is comprised of world-renowned people and programs and is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 3 to perform complex functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct a major portion of the research project(s). In particular, we seek an individual with extensive experience in biological assays, including flow cytometry, CyTOF and cell and tissue labeling.  A particular emphasis of this position is the analysis of immune cell populations and we therefore seek expertise in immune assays.  Experience with RNA sequencing is also desired.

Duties include: 

  • Manage bioassay studies for a busy research group. 
  • Provide assistance to investigators in the design and development of research studies, and responsible for data analysis and record-keeping. 
  • Design new research studies in collaboration with the principal investigator, project scientists, and research associates.  
  • Carry out independent research projects as warranted. 
  • Responsible for submission of protocols and implementation of studies, including data analysis and drafting of manuscripts.  
  • Directly supervise various personnel during experiments.  
  • Ensure safety, IACUC, AALAC, EH&S, and CUPA compliance during in vivo studies and in research study area.
  • Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section.
  • Supervise (either formally or informally) staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work. Serve as technical resource for other research staff.
  • Perform complex (lab and/or field) experiments for a major portion of the research project.
  • Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Interpret and analyze results, often where few guidelines exist.
  • Based on prior results, contribute to development of new research protocols and procedures or adaptation of existing protocols.
  • Make recommendations on plan design and/or research direction to principal investigator.
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; present findings for lab work group.
  • Oversee supply and equipment budget under minimal supervision of principal investigator or business manager.
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Formally supervise and train new staff or students as needed, including hiring, performance management, and related duties. Provide instruction on techniques and consultation on project work.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and four years of relevant work experience; or Master’s degree in a related scientific field and two years relevant experience; or PhD in related science field.


  • Demonstrated experience in the care, handling, and maintenance of research animals in accordance with NIH and AALAC guidelines.  Knowledge of NIH and AALAC guidelines regarding animal use and care; knowledge of University policy and procedures preferred. 
  • Experience with multi-color immunohistochemistry.
  • Extensive experience with multi-color flow cytometry of immune cells.
  • Experience with operating complex instruments.
  • Experience in analyzing tissues.
  • Skills to organize information and keep accurate records for each experiment.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skill.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills to coordinate with a wide range of personnel, including subordinates, supervisors, faculty, post-docs, students, and research animal staff.
  • Excellent computer skills using spreadsheet, database, and word processing software; experience with Windows and DOS.
  • Ability to learn and follow procedures with minimal supervision; demonstrated ability to understand and follow written procedures and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to learn regulatory issues and comply with protocols and procedures for biological, radiation, chemical and animal handling safety.
  • Experience with safe use and handling of biohazardous and radioactive materials preferred.
  • Ability to perform mathematical operations to calculate and analyze results.
  • Skills to clean, order supplies for, and maintain organization within a research lab.
  • Skills to directly supervise employees and to indirectly supervise a variety of researchers and collaborators on multiple, concurrent in vivo studies.
  • Comprehensive 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 with general guidance is essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Developing project management 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,