Laboratory Research Coordinator

California, United States
04 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

The Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) laboratory at Stanford University, is the institute‚Äôs largest, research focused, ambulatory care and laboratory services group offering both adult and pediatric bedside, phlebotomy, dietary and laboratory services across the research community. The CTRU laboratory designs and collaborates on studies, both locally and globally, supporting research across a broad range of platforms including proteomics, immunology, genomics, cancer and much more. The CTRU is a primary backbone for accelerating the translation of bedside diagnostics and treatments and advancing research technologies into clinical applications. Learn more at

We are seeking a Laboratory Research Coordinator to perform laboratory and administrative support duties related to the collection and processing of human samples for clinical research studies including those from COVID-19 studies in BSL- 2+ certified laboratories. Work will be conducted under supervision of the CTRU Lab Supervisor.

This full-time, benefits eligible position will be primarily based at our Palo Alto, Arastradero Road site, but may work across all CTRU sites and may require periodic late weekday and/or weekend work. The appointee must agree to flexibility with working hours based on research and operational requirements. A heavy emphasis on attention to detail and ability to multitask efficiently and accurately will be required.

Duties include:

  • Prepare, process, store and ship specimens/samples accurately under well-defined requirements. 
  • Assist with receiving, processing storage and shipment of samples according to SOPs.
  • Track sample processing data and enters them into a database. Maintains all forms and documents including master subject logs. 
  • Take initiative, identifies and mitigates risks to ensure accuracy in sample processing and data storage.
  • Work safely under the EH&S guidelines with potentially biohazardous biological specimens. 
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, equipment, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Assist with the training of 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.
  • Work closely with labs and treatment centers across Stanford community to insure critical study time points are met.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


  • Familiarity with databases, reporting, and performance indicators.
  • Microsoft office suite or ability to learn new software. 
  • Organizational skills to troubleshoot unplanned situations while still meeting established deadlines. 
  • The ability to communicate both in writing and verbally. 
  • Capable of independent and self-motivated work to complete tasks with minimal direction. 
  • Must maintain punctuality, good attendance and flexibility to work hours when study subjects are scheduled.


Two year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


General knowledge of medical terminology.


  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat and use fine light/fine grasping, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully.
  • Occasionally sit, reach above shoulders, perform desk based computer tasks, use a telephone and write by hand, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Occasionally kneel, crawl, climb ladders, grasp forcefully, sort and file paperwork or parts, rarely lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more, 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.


  • Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or exposure to chemicals, blood, body fluid or tissues and risk of exposure to contagious diseases and infections.
  • May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.
  • Will require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens by following universal precautions and EHS recommendations. 
  • 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.


  • 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: Regular
  • Grade: E
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 87867