Life Science Research Professional 1

May 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Life Science Research Professional 1

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The Center for Receptor-Ligand Discovery at Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking a highly-motivated Life Science Research Professional 1 to join a biotechnology-centered lab in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. The successful candidate will perform basic research functions and activities for defined projects involving molecular biology, cell biology, protein biochemistry and protein engineering to support the maintenance of existing research projects and, additionally, will contribute to both the optimization of current assays and the development of new technologies. The LSRP1 is expected to independently conduct, analyze and present experiments under the support and guidance of postdoctoral fellows and other staff members in the laboratory. S/he will keep meticulously detailed records of experiments and prepare results of his/her research for inclusion in reports, presentations and publications.

The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary and dynamic research team on a genome-wide project to study cell surface receptor-ligand interactions as part of a collaborative research initiative entitled the Human Interactome Project. The goal of this project is to create an atlas of all human cell-surface interactions via high-throughput screening of receptors and ligands using existing assays and through the development of new technologies. Interactions at the cell surface play a crucial and widespread role in regulating biological processes and, as such, de-orphanizing receptor-ligand interactions is essential for understanding biological processes and may provide valuable therapeutic targets for drug discovery which have the potential to improve human health in the context of many disease states.

The LSRP1's contributions to this project will principally involve gene construct design and cloning, protein engineering, expression and purification from insect and mammalian cells, Western blotting, in vitro protein-protein interaction assays and cell-based assays. While some limited degree of on-the-job training is acceptable for desired areas, this will be determined on a case-by-case basis and depend on the additional skill set the candidate possesses. Communication skills (both oral and written) will be weighed heavily.

Duties include:
  • Plan and perform existing experiments in support of ongoing research projects based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform analyses of results.
  • Perform carefully-designed, meticulously-executed and well-documented optimization experiments to assist in the development of novel assays to detect receptor-ligand interactions, establish new lab protocols and recommend appropriate modifications to existing ones.
  • Molecular biology techniques including PCR, cloning, gel electrophoresis, plasmid purification, sequence analysis, construction of expression vectors for production of recombinant proteins to be used downstream in in vitro and in vivo assays.
  • Tissue culture including transformation, transfection and infection of bacterial, insect and mammalian cells for virus amplification/production and protein expression.
  • Purification (affinity tag and size exclusion chromatography) of recombinant proteins expressed in bacterial, insect and mammalian systems to study receptor-ligand interactions.
  • Protein biochemistry techniques (e.g., Western blotting) to characterize recombinant proteins, in vitro protein-protein interaction assays (e.g., ELISA, SPR, co-IP) and cell-based binding assays using flow cytometry, FACS and fluorescence microscopy analyses.
  • Contribute to bioinformatics analyses of human cell surface and secreted proteins.
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and related research.
  • Offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff.
  • Maintain meticulously detailed records and documentation of experiments, observations, data and analyses.
  • Contribute to publication of findings as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, proposals and progress reports.
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students.
*- Other duties may also be assigned DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field
  • Proficiency in molecular biology, protein biochemistry and cell culture
  • Highly motivated, dedicated and independent
  • Demonstrated exceptional performance in a research environment by exhibiting creativity, ingenuity, scientific rigor and strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments, set priorities, change priorities with ease mid-task, take initiative in defining and executing tasks, exhibit flexibility, good judgement and ingenuity and exhibit excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Ability to design, plan, carry out, evaluate, optimize and troubleshoot experiments
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED): Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.

  • General understanding of scientific principles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add or subtract physical requirements based on the requirements of your specific job. (remove this statement for posting)
*- 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,

Job: Research

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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