Life Science Research Professional 1

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

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the center of a world-class liberal arts education at Stanford University. H&S encompasses 23 departments—from Art and Art History, English, and History to Economics, Mathematics, and Biology—as well as 23 interdisciplinary programs. As the university’s largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day

The Shatz Laboratory is seeking to recruit a highly motivated individual with extensive knowledge of mouse genetics and husbandry, who will provide essential support for several neuroscience research projects. The lab employs a variety of approaches in these studies, ranging from molecular and cell biology to slice electrophysiology to histology and in vitro cell culture to in vivo imaging to behavior. The LSRP 1 is expected to perform basic functions and independently support ongoing research. The LSRP will be expected to work closely with other members of the research team to develop protocols, train lab members in animal handling and techniques, interpret and analyze the results of experiments, and suggest modifications to procedures as appropriate. The work will focus primarily on providing support and guidance regarding animal care, including direct care, collaboration on experiments and protocols, and providing training and expertise for breeding and anesthesia with a full working knowledge of USDA and IACUC rules and regulations. The LSRP will contribute to several projects, both new and ongoing in the lab, working independently and in collaboration with others to assist with various research projects. The candidate must be organized, enjoy problem solving, be a team player, and have strong communication skills.

Other specific duties include:

  • Design and recommend appropriate breeding schemes to achieve desired new genetic lines of mice (requiring a knowledge of genetics)
  • Generate timed-pregnancies and establish good practices to maintain neonates for neuro developmental studies
  • Prepare and section fixed brain tissue for histological analysis (experience with cryostat sectioning is desired)
  • Perform and oversee minor surgical procedures, such as perfusion, ablations, and intracranial injections; and troubleshoot difficulties with survival surgeries or procedures
  • Responsible for accurate daily record keeping and maintenance of the mouse database
  • Responsible for amending and renewing complex APLAC animal protocols
  • Conduct monthly “mouse user meetings” with lab members to monitor strain production and report any issues
  • Research veterinary problems specific to procedures performed in this lab or unique to the species used in the research of this lab
  • Oversee and organize external imports and exports of mice, ensuring that Material Transfer Agreements are in place
  • Maintain the surgical suite, equipment and supplies, including controlled substances
  • maintain lab stock, common rooms and equipment; manage inventory and safety records
  • Provide training and guidance regarding the best use of animals, i.e., conservation of numbers and humane treatment, proper surgical technique, tissue handling and asepsis, proper anesthesia technique


  • 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.
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Assist with orientation and training of new staff or students on lab procedures or techniques.


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.


  • 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,

Note: 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.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4187
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: G
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 88099