Research Assistant/Lab Manager

May 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Research Assistant/Lab Manager

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The Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences seeks a full-time Research Assistant/Lab Manager to work in a laboratory whose primary focus is the discovery of cellular signaling mechanisms that serve as a basis for the development of novel therapeutic approaches for Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and other neurological disorders. The Research Assistant/Lab Manager will be primarily responsible for administering experimental therapeutic compounds to mice via intraperitoneal injections and oral gavage, maintaining mouse breeding logs and colony databases, and assisting in behavior testing and pathological analysis of various mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases. The Research Assistant/Lab Manager will independently run experiments after consultation with a supervisor and will help modify existing techniques and procedures. The Research Assistant/Lab Manager will be responsible for a variety of tasks including preparing tissue for histological analysis, immunostaining, microscopy, and statistical analysis of data. The Research Assistant/Lab Manager will also be responsible for maintaining detailed experimental records and will provide technical support and training to other laboratory personnel.

Duties include*:
  • Plan and perform complex (lab and/or field) experiments for a major portion of the research project with experiments involving cell culture, handling small animals, administering experimental therapeutics and evaluating brain pathology via immunostaining, Western blotting and other histological/biochemical approaches. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results.
  • Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Interpret and analyze results, often where few guidelines exist. Based on prior results, contribute to development of new research protocols and procedures or adaptation of existing protocols.
  • Make recommendations on plan design and/or research direction to principal investigator.
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
  • Perform general lab maintenance as needed; 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

  • Minimum 2 years' research and/or lab management experience preferable.
  • Experience with cell culture techniques and proficiency in Western Blotting, ELISA, histology, immunostaining, multiplexed protein assays, light and confocal microscopy is highly desirable.
  • Handling of small animals and conducting assessments of transgenic mice using molecular biology and other approaches is preferable.
  • Strong skills in instrument and equipment maintenance.
  • Past proven effectiveness in lab operations
  • Goal-oriented and self-motivated with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with use and maintenance of confocal microscope desirable.
  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and three years of related experience, or Master's degree.
  • 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 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 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.

  • May require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens.
  • Requires 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.

Job: Research

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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