Life Science Research Professional

California, United States
08 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
07 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Natural Capital Project is a partnership among Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund. We develop tools to model and map the distribution of biodiversity and the flow of multiple ecosystem services (ES) across land- and seascapes. 

We seek a creative and talented life science research professional to independently carry out one or more research projects, to be identified in collaboration with the PI, in support of two funded research lines that (1) examine the barriers to and opportunities for improving ecosystem services information in development financing and planning in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Belize; and (2) evaluate the efficacy of stakeholder participation for building consensus around sustainable development planning in Beni, Bolivia.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Experience working in Latin America, particularly in Colombia, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru, or Bolivia
  • Experience with stakeholder outreach and capacity building
  • Experience eliciting, mapping, and communicating the values of ecosystem services to a variety of audiences
  • Experience with community engagement for sustainable development planning
  • Working knowledge of the latest science and literature on ecosystem services mapping and valuation
  • Fluency in Spanish

Please note this position is fixed term for 12 months with a possibility of reappointment based on programmatic and funding needs.  


Perform basic functions and activities involved in defined research projects and independently conduct and analyze experiments.


  • Plan approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory.
  • Independently conduct experiments; maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • 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.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or institutions.
  • Stakeholder outreach and capacity building

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • 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 the 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.

The Natural Capital Project is operationally housed in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and is based at Stanford University. 

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, depending on experience and qualifications. To be considered, applicants will provide a cover letter and resume.  All final candidates are subject to a background check. 

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.

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 la

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4945
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: E
  • Requisition ID: 87421

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