Life Science Research Professional 2

California, United States
02 Jan 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Mar 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award- winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers”

Stanford Center for Personalized Medicine is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 2 (LSRP2) to perform a variety of NGS assays in a high-throughput environment for a large multi-omic research project.

The incumbent must have high expertise in the next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology including whole genome sequencing, RNA-Seq, single cell RNA-seq, 10X Genomics, operating liquid-handing automation robotic technologies, and Illumina/PacBio sequencers. The LSRP2 will assume a high level of responsibility in the experimental design and make recommendations on technical improvements to the NGS projects. The LSRP2 will play a critical role in technical interactions between both collaborative research labs and biotechnology companies, helping to facilitate sequencing study designs and internal testing of cutting-edge sequencing technologies.

Duties include:

  • Provide NGS scientific expertise to a dynamic team of research staff, supporting the completion of objectives and sequencing data production goals.
  • Assist in leading several NGS projects simultaneously across multiple NGS platforms.
  • Execute existing protocols and meticulous monitor the QC the sequencing runs.
  • Operate liquid-handling automation robotics technologies and contribute to the writing of scripts for different libraries preparation NGS from different companies.
  • Independently conduct a portion of research project(s) for one (1) or more multi-institutional scientific grants.
  • Contribute to publication of findings and assist with research proposals as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals.
  • Offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with graduate post-doctoral individuals and other research staff in the lab.
  • Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Assists with data delivery to the customers via DNAnexus.
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed: maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.


  • PhD or Master degree in Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or related scientific degree is preferred.
  • Good working knowledge of next generation sequencing and proven ability to perform experiments using molecular biology techniques, including experience working with human blood sample, PBMC and tissues.
  • Proficiency with Illumina’s next generation sequencing and single cell RNAseq such as 10X genomics.
  • Familiarity with Excel.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal), and close attention to detail.


  • Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Genomics or related scientific degree with four years’ experience 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.

* 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’s Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4952
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: G
  • Department URL:

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