Laboratory Assistant II (75% FTE)

May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Laboratory Assistant II (75% FTE)

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The Veterinary Service Center (VSC) at Stanford University provides Laboratory Animal Care and operates within the Department of Comparative Medicine. We are fully accredited by the Association for Accreditation and Assessment of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). Our vision is to pioneer in laboratory animal care, driving research innovations from bench to bedside.

The Veterinary Service Center within the Department of Comparative Medicine seeks a 75% Lab Assistant 2 to perform the most routine aspects of technical work, perform clerical and record keeping duties and perform a variety of duties whose purpose is to relieve technical and professional employees and faculty members of the routine aspects of operating laboratories. More specifically, this position requires more complex laboratory support tasks and/or have charge of laboratory equipment and supplies of limited variety or complexity. At this level, employees work independently on some duties and receive supervision in the performance of their more demanding functions. The Lab Assistant will also perform simple techniques independently according to specific and detailed instructions. Skilled techniques may also be learned under close supervision as part of the job.


  • Manage a complex mouse breeding colony with minimal supervision. Provide research support including anesthesia, weighing, and identifying, of mice and bleeding and harvesting of tissues.
  • Maintain detailed breeding records of a research mouse colony.
  • Assist with research dealing with biohazardous agents (zika virus, dengue virus) including mouse anesthesia, bleeding, tissue harvest, tissue preparation, and data analysis.
  • Contribute to publication of findings by performing analysis, statistics, and graphing of data.
  • Perform molecular biology procedures, e.g., preparation and quantification of RNA/DNA, reverse transcription, setting up PCR reactions, etc., according to written instructions.
  • Prepare written documents and maintain detailed lab notes of experimental procedures.
Candidate must work independently with minimal supervision and perform work with a minimum of error. The following skills are required:
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in managing a research mouse colony, including breeding, weaning, euthanasia, and obtaining tissue samples for genotyping.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in identification of pre-weanling mouse pups by toe-tattooing.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in identification of weanling mice by ear tagging and ear punching.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in mouse injection techniques, bleeding, necropsy, and harvesting of various organs.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience on the use of an anesthesia machine to anesthetize mice.
  • Completion of biohazardous training for the infection of BSL2 agents (zika virus, dengue virus, coxsackie virus) in laboratory mice.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Working knowledge of GraphPad Prism for statistical analyses and graphing of experimental data.
  • Experience working with biohazardous agents (zika virus, dengue virus, coxsackie virus) under animal biosafety level II conditions (ABSL2).
  • Position requires occasionally working after-5 pm or on weekends based on experimental needs, e.g., assisting with the inoculation of mice in the early evening; dosing of mice at night, early morning, or weekends; harvesting of tissues in the early evening or weekends, etc. This occurs, on average, once or twice per month.

Job: Research

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Part-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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