Life Science Research Professional

California, United States
23 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Nov 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Stanford University, Department of Anesthesiology, Pain & Perioperative Medicine is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 to perform functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments.  The LSRA will be involved in funded research projects to study the impact of e-cigarette exposure on the cardiovascular system in rodents.  A majority of the work performed at this time will be exposing rodents to e-cigarettes and also performing cutting-edge gas mass spectrometry to characterize aldehyde levels in e-cigarette aerosol.

We are an Anesthesiology research lab at Stanford studying the effects of aldehyde production and metabolism on human health.  These findings in our lab may provide the basis for developing a precision health platform for the 560 million people in the world who cannot efficiently metabolize aldehydes (such as acetaldehyde produced from alcohol).  We are primarily looking to hire a LSRP who can provide technical support for the e-cigarette projects in the lab, including exposing rodents to e-cigarette aerosol and measuring aldehyde levels in e-cigarette aerosol using gas mass spectrometry.  The person ideally should have 1-2 years research experience and be proficient in rodent handling.  Additional experience in mass spectrometry and molecular biology techniques such as Western Blot, and immunofluorescence would be beneficial but not required.  Funding for these projects is presently supported by the NIH through 2022.

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” 

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.
  • 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.  Make recommendations on the research design and direction. The LSRP is expected to plan and coordinate an experiment from beginning to end.  Responsible for interpretation of data and findings and maintaining detailed records of experiments and outcomes, suggesting modifications to existing procedures when needed may also be required to recommend changes in policy, or develop new protocols to prevent reoccurrence of problems.  Must keep an accurate laboratory notebook for all studies.
  • 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 stock, 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


  • Bachelor of Science in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or science-related major.
  • Prior experience handling rodent animals for research
  • Experience with mass spectrometry and/or molecular biology techniques
  • Minimum of one year of previous research experience
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in multi-tasking and time management
  • Prior project management experience.


  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.


  • 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.


  • 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 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,

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4921
Employee Status: Fixed-Term
Grade: E
Department URL:
Requisition ID: 87351

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