Physical Science Research Professional

California, United States
29 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Stanford University - Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery is seeking a Physical Science Research Professional 1 to apply knowledge and understanding of a scientific discipline or related technology in laboratories engaged in research in the physical sciences. Typically apply specific scientific or technical knowledge to research projects, guided by broad policies and professional knowledge. The Santa Maria lab is translational in nature predominantly focused on solving wound healing and infectious disease problems in otolaryngology. The candidate will be required to work together with our highly diverse group and support the many translational activities within the lab. There are many experienced scientists within the lab to collaborate with and learn from. There will be the opportunity to collaborate with a number of international visiting researchers and students.

It’s essential that our lab members work well in teams and fit into our supportive and cooperative research culture

Duties include:

  • Design, recommend and implement modifications to procedures and protocols in support of research projects.
  • Partner with faculty in support of students to teach/demonstrate processes of experiments and the safe operation of equipment.
  • Manage lab safety to protect personnel and environment. Develop the setup and operational procedures of lab equipment, using knowledge of chemicals and other hazards to minimize the likelihood of chemical exposure and/or other hazards. Liaison with EH&S to request services and support for lab operations.
  • Analyze and interpret research data to recognize irregularities and invalid results. Develop statistical models allowing for integration and display of data. Make recommendations based on results.
  • Assist in preparation of papers for publication and scientific and program reporting by providing data in support of research.
  • Perform technical procedures, such as running and calibrating of equipment, to gather data and optimize outcome of results in support of a research project.
  • Modify research protocols and procedures based on new learnings from literature review and attendance at scientific conferences.
  • Train personnel to ensure safe operation of lab.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


  • Experience in electrical engineering
  • Start-up or industry experience in electrical engineering, sensors, and medical devices a plus.


  • Bachelors’ degree and two years of experience in related scientific field, or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Demonstrated experience applying multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices to perform and assist with experimental design and coordinate laboratory activity.
  • Demonstrated experience with analysis and interpretation of research data, and ability to recognize irregularities and invalid results.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize data and develop models allowing for integration and display of data.
  • Basic experience with scientific software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job.
  • Ability to coordinate and work with scientific or research staff and assist with technical procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and to provide information to scientific and research staff




  • 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.

* - 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 be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise>80dB TWA, chemicals, asbestos and heavy metals. May work in confined spaces; work at heights and temperature extremes.
  • May work extended or unusual work hours based on research and project requirements.


  • 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: 4970
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: G
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 86942