Life Science Research Professional 3

California, United States
22 Sep 2020
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22 Nov 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and School of Medicine
The School of Engineering

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems. 

Department of Bioengineering

Stanford Bioengineering is a dynamic and rapidly growing department within the School of Engineering and School of Medicine. For more than a decade, Stanford Bioengineering has sought to advance bioengineering as a fundamental engineering discipline grounded in basic sciences, powered by a unique set of engineering concepts and principles that is capable of realizing many diverse applications. Our community ranges broadly, consisting of esteemed alumni, world class faculty, and dynamic staff and students. It includes some of the world's most successful leaders in science, technology and business. As staff, you are critical to supporting our organization’s goals and enabling us to accomplish our mission of conducting cutting-edge research and formulating innovative solutions to global challenges through the field of bioengineering. 

The Department of Bioengineering is seeking a Life Science Research Professional to join our team exploring and developing a wide variety of tissue engineering technologies that could, one day, improve the lives of children living with congenital heart disease. Your work will focus primarily on identifying new methods and means for biofabricating and maturing blood vessels and vascularized tissues. Via our collaborators, these tissues will be used to gain new insights into the genetic and physiologic basis of vascular disease. Your work could also contribute to the field of vascular tissue engineering, generating patient specific vascular grafts. If you have strong experience in 2D and 3D mammalian cell culture, a proven track record of studying vascular systems under flow, an interest in regenerative medicine, and a desire to work independently and collaboratively with others, then join us in 3D printing the medical cures of the future!

Your responsibilities include: 

  • Contribute to projects investigating the 3D bioprinting of 3D vascular tissues
  • Using experience in mammalian cell culture, assist in the derivation of vascular cell types for bioprinting purposes
  • Must keep an accurate laboratory notebook for all studies
  • Provide mentorship, where appropriate and possible, to graduate students and staff
  • Offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with graduate, post-doctoral students and laboratory staff  
  • Make recommendations on the research design and direction
  • May also be required to recommend changes in protocols to prevent reoccurrence of problems  
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and related research
  • Contribute to the publication of findings. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, grants, presentations, and proposals.
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, manage inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Help orient and train new staff and/or students.
  • Flexibilty with other tasks as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related scientific field and four years of relevant work experience; or Master’s degree in a related scientific field and two years relevant expereicnel or PhD in related science field. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5-plus years experience in mammalian cell culture, regenerative medicine, and vascular perfusion systems. Experience in immunofluorescence, gene editing, qPCR, and confocal imaging is desirable. A demonstrated passion for 3D printing and tinkering is preferred, but not necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with mammalian cell culture and sterile BL-2 laboratory practices
  • Assist in interfacing with safety departments: occupational health, lab inspection, chemical inventory, controlled substances 
  • Demonstrate aptitude in foresight, planning, and ability to organize as required by research
  • General understanding of scientific principles
  • 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

Working Conditions:

  • May require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens
  • Requires 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

Work Standards:

  • 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 based 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,

Why Stanford is for You 

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak. 
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. 
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background in customer service and provide examples of your experience with attention to detail, responsiveness, and decision-making. 

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4953
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: H
  • Requisition ID: 87304

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