Life Science Research Professional
The Giardino Lab within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University is seeking a talented, creative, ethical, and hard-working Life Science Research Professional 2 who will be passionate about performing complex functions and independently conducting a portion of defined research projects. We are looking for a highly motivated neuroscientist to contribute to our efforts in identifying the molecular, physiological, and circuit mechanisms underlying psychiatric conditions of stress, addiction, and sleep disturbances. You will work directly as a key member of the research team while receiving mentorship from Dr. Giardino, the Giardino Lab, as well as resources provided by the Psychiatry Department.
To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will have: wet-lab experience, strong organizational and analytical skills, ability to meet deadlines, willingness to learn new techniques such as measuring & manipulating neural activity in freely-behaving animals, and the ability to attain a high degree of independence in a new and dynamic research environment.
Candidates should include a CV and Cover Letter (1-2 brief paragraphs) addressing your interest in the position.
- Independently conduct a portion of the research project(s). Make recommendations on experimental design and/or research direction to principal investigator.
- Independently conduct complex (lab and/or field) experiments to gather data for a portion of a major research project.
- Interpret and analyze results, often where few guidelines exist, and make modifications to existing procedures and protocols.
- Develop new research protocols where appropriate protocols are not described in the literature or where modification or adaptation of standard procedures and protocols is required.
- Participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
- Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; apply to ongoing research and development of new protocols.
- Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section, and to publication of findings. Present ongoing work to colleagues and/or academic conferences.
- Oversee supply and equipment budget under supervision of principal investigator or business manager.
- Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
- Supervise (either formally or informally) staff or students as needed, including oversight and direction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work. Serve as a technical resource for other research staff.
- Oversee the daily activities of the laboratory including lab maintenance; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed. May assist with purchasing laboratory equipment.
*- Other duties may also be assigned
- Bachelors degree
- In vivo behavioral neuroscience research experience
- Competency with stereotaxic surgeries, viral, and transgenic technologies
- Excellent programming and data analysis abilities (MATLAB, Python)
- Stellar verbal and written communication skills
- Familiarity with mouse colony maintenance, genotyping/PCR, histology, immunostaining, confocal microscopy
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
- Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and two years of relevant work experience; or Master’s degree in a related scientific field.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
- 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 paperwork or parts.
- Rarely climb, sweep.
- 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 an 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Job Code: 1384
Employee Status: Regular
Department URL: http://cancer.stanford.edu/
Requisition ID: 87830