Basic Life Research Scientist

California, United States
15 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Department of Genetics at Stanford University seeks a Basic Life Science Research Scientist to be involved in the execution, and frequently the design of Dr. Jin Billy Li’s research activities. The individual will be responsible for supporting the PI with designing and conducting experiments. S/he will: conduct experiments which may involve coordinating a complex experimental protocol; collaborate with the PI to design a research approach of a project and/or integrate results of the project; independently identify/modify standard procedures based on judgment concerning the general goals of a project; and develop, test, and evaluate new protocols and methods by remaining up to date on relevant new literature.  

Duties include: 

  • Design research approaches for a major portion of research project(s), including background research, experimental design and execution, problem-solving, and writing up for publication.
  • Develop new protocols; test and evaluate a variety of approaches. 
  • Perform complex experiments, and maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes; analyze and interpret research data resulting from original procedures and methods. 
  • Assist with new research proposals and applications for funding and grants. 
  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams through collaborations. 
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; propose new research directions based on new advances discussed in literature. 
  • Supervise and train new staff, postdoctoral fellows or students as needed.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.  

Education & Experience (Required):

  • Ph.D in Biological Sciences and five years of research experiences related to genetics, genomics, RNA biology, immunology, molecular biology, and genome or transcriptome engineering, or master’s and ten years of related experience. 
  • Comprehensive understanding of biological sciences principles and expert level of knowledge and skills in field of science related to research projects.
  • Must be a self-starter, self-motivated, adaptable, and able to work with minimal direction in a change-oriented environment.
  • Strong organizational, collaborative, and time management skills.
  • Strong ability to write and communicate effectively.

  Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience with mouse disease models.
  • Experience with next generation sequencing, including RNA sequencing.
  • Experience with CRISPR genome editing or screening.
  • Experience with oligonucleotide therapeutics and gene therapy.

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Affirmative Action statement:

“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 law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research mission.”

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 5574
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: R99
  • Department URL: