Life Science Technician

Stanford, California (US)
03 Mar 2019
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03 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Technician to perform techniques independently involved in cancer biology, stem cell biology and molecular medicine.

About the Department of Pathology 
Comprised of extraordinary faculty and staff, our mission is to improve the diagnosis, treatment and basic understanding of human disease. We accomplish this through our clinical services, research, and training the future leaders in pathology and related fields. A major focus of clinical research in the Department continues to be the correlation of patient outcome and treatment response with the surgical pathologic diagnosis of human cancers. Everything we do is to provide the highest quality of pathology diagnostic services to the patients for whom we passionately care.

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The Department of Pathology, Van Rechem Lab, seeks a Life Science Technician 1 (LST-1) to assist with research projects in epigenetics and cancer. The LST-1 will perform routine technical tasks in cellular and molecular biology, including cell culture maintenance, FACS, qPCR, protein immunoblots, cloning, preparation and aliquote of reagents. The LST-1 will also assist in maintaining lab organization as needed.


  • Approximately one year of previous laboratory experience in molecular and/or cellular biology is required. Basic technical writing beneficial but not required.
  • Must be capable of and willing to pay strict attention to detail, including following written and oral instruction.
  • Familiarity with the following experimental techniques preferred:
  • plasmid cloning
  • tissue culture
  • immunohistochemistry (IHC) and/or immunofluorescence (IF)
  • flow cytometry (FACS)
  • Western Blot
  • QPCR
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to keep accurate records of experiments.
  • General understanding of scientific principles.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.

One year's employment experience in laboratory work or equivalent training.


  • Must be detail-oriented and able to keep accurate records of experiments.
  • General understanding of scientific principles.
  • General computer skills, experience with databases.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.


  • 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.
  • 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.

* 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.
  • Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious tissues 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.