Life Science Research Professional

California, United States
12 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Neurobiology is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 to perform a research project in the laboratory of Michael Lin, M.D., Ph.D. The Lin lab is a leading laboratory in the development of genetically encoded voltage indicators, with funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative. The LSRP 1 will conduct and analyze experiments to develop and characterize new generations of voltage indicators, and assist in applying them to understanding electrical transmission of information in the nervous system. After training by a postdoc and graduate student, the LSRP 1 will be responsible for their own research project. The LSRP1 will also perform laboratory management tasks, maintaining laboratory equipment and computers, and serving as a point of contact and coordination for activities involving multiple lab members. Applicant should be organized, detail-oriented, intellectually motivated and have excellent communication skills. This is an excellent opportunity to participate in a high-visibility project with rapid publication potential.

Duties include: 

  • Plan and execute a research project on engineering fluorescent protein-based voltage indicators based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform analyses of results.
  • Independently conduct experiments, which includes performing molecular biology techniques, mammalian cell cultures, and implementing animal husbandry and handling strategies (e.g. breeding, genotyping, perfusion)
  • Plan approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor's degree in biology, bioengineering, chemistry or related scientific field.
  • Accumulated at least 1000 hours experience in a scientific laboratory, including at least 3 months full-time.
  • Basic molecular biology skills (e.g. PCR, DNA subcloning)
  • Ability to work and think in an independent fashion with good problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with cell culture preferred.
  • Background in rodent animal handling and husbandry preferred.
  • Proficiency with Windows and Macintosh operating system update, maintenance, backup, and program installation.
  • Experience with computer repair and hardware upgrades.


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.
  • 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 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‚Äôs Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4945
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: E
Requisition ID: 83398