Life Science Research Professional

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

Department of Chemical and Systems Biology is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 2 (LSRP2) to perform more complex functions and activities in defined research projects and to work collaboratively with other lab members to develop new tools for studying the molecular mechanisms that underlie tissue formation and regeneration. Significant experience with cell culture and molecular biology techniques is required, and previous experience with developmental biology, zebrafish models, and/or optogenetic technologies is desired.  The successful candidate must have good organizational and communication skills, possess the ability to learn quickly and work independently. On the job training in specific techniques will be provided. Approximately 25% of time would be devoted to lab management duties related to managing the lab’s zebrafish facility, ensuring that it is compliant with federal, state, and university regulations, and supervising/training undergraduate students hired to work in the zebrafish facility.

Duties include:

  • Independently conduct a portion of the research project(s). Make recommendations on experimental design and/or research direction to principal investigator and collaborating lab members.
  • Independently conduct complex (lab and/or field) experiments to gather data for a portion of a major research project.
  • Interpret and analyze results, often where few guidelines exist, and make modifications to existing procedures and protocols.
  • Develop new research protocols where appropriate protocols are not described in the literature or where modification or adaptation of standard procedures and protocols is required.
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; apply to ongoing research and development of new protocols.
  • Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section, and to publication of findings. Present ongoing work to colleagues and/or academic conferences.
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Supervise (either formally or informally) staff or students as needed, including oversight and direction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work. Serve as a technical resource for other research staff.
  • Oversee the daily activities of the laboratory including lab maintenance; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed. May assist with purchasing laboratory equipment.

*- Other duties may also be assigned


  • B.S. degree in Biological Sciences or other relevant field is required.
  • M.Sc. degree strongly desired.
  • At least 2 years of full-time laboratory experience is desired.
  • Significant experience with cell culture and molecular biology techniques is required, and previous experience in developmental biology, zebrafish models, and/or optogenetic technologies is desired. 
  • Performance of technical procedures, interpretation of results, recognition of irregularities, recommendations for modification of techniques and approaches will be expected.
  • The candidate should be able to work independently, be highly motivated, well organized, adaptable and work well within a highly interdisciplinary and international team. Good communication and interpersonal skills as well as fluent English are essential, as well as proficient computer skills.
  • The LSRP 2 must be self-motivated, a quick learner, technically adept, accurate, efficient, organized and keep detailed records.
  • The ability to work under tight deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • The LSRP must also have good general basic computer skills and familiar with use of databases and online molecular biology tools. In addition, the LSRP 2 must have excellent communication skills with the ability to work independently as well as in a team.


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


  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • 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.
  • Add or subtract physical requirements based on the requirements of your specific job. (remove this statement for posting)

*- 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. 
  • 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’s Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4952
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: G
Department URL:
Requisition ID: 83909