Life Science Research Professional

California, United States
21 May 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

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About the Position:

An LSRP position is available in the combined Lab of Dr. Brooke Howitt, Dr. Gregory Bean, and Dr. Gregory Charville in the Department of Pathology at Stanford University.

This opportunity allows for exposure to and involvement in a number of different research projects.  Our lab studies various cancers including gynecologic, breast, gastrointestinal, and soft tissue sarcomas.  We seek to understand the molecular underpinnings of human cancers, with the goal of developing new diagnostic, prognostic, and/or predictive biomarkers that can be applied in anatomic pathology clinical practice.  Specifically, Dr. Bean’s research interests include the genomes and transcriptomes of special subtypes of breast tumors, including neuroendocrine carcinomas, salivary-like carcinomas, papillary carcinomas and sarcomas, as well as precursor lesions in breast carcinogenesis.  Dr. Charville’s research projects involve studying genetic and epigenetic features of various soft tissue sarcomas including rhabdomyosarcoma and ewing sarcoma.  Dr. Howitt studies genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptomic characteristics of gynecologic sarcomas, endometrial carcinomas, and vulvar carcinomas and precursor lesions.  The LSRP will be involved in multiple defined research projects and will be responsible for independently conducting experiments and analyzing data with guidance from the PI’s. Specifically, they will be doing molecular profiling (DNA sequencing, RNA sequencing, and methylome profiling) and biomarker analysis on a variety of human cancers.  The position also includes lab management tasks such as ordering supplies, maintaining our slide/block/tissue inventory, keeping detailed lab records, and adhering to safety regulations.

We welcome candidates with a growth mindset, interest in a variety of cancer research questions related to molecular underpinnings of disease, and a willingness to take on challenging learning opportunities.

In addition to comparable research compensation, candidates will have the opportunity to learn and to develop their C.V. or resume through research publications and presentations.

Duties include:

  • Plan and perform experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results.
  • DNA and RNA extraction from fresh, frozen, and/or formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue, with subsequent library formation and massively parallel sequencing (performed at a core laboratory).  Sequencing data generated can be analyzed using existing software programs.  Downstream experiments may include designing a targeted sequencing test, in situ hybridization, and/or immunohistochemical biomarker testing.
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and related research.
  • 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.
  • 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.

*- Other duties may also be assigned


  • A bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or a related field.
  • Previous experience or established knowledge of basic laboratory techniques in molecular biology.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • Must be accurate, efficient, organized and have excellent record keeping abilities.
  • Ability to work with team members in a cooperative fashion.
  • Excellent communication skills.


Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.


  • 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.




  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4945
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: E
  • Requisition ID: 82993