Life Science Research Professional 1

May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Life Science Research Professional 1

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The Department of Biology is seeking a 100% full-time Life Science Research Professional (LSRP) 1 starting June 1, 2017 to work with a group to identify the molecular mechanisms of structural plasticity in the adult brain, with the goal of developing therapies for brain injury and neurodegenerative disease. We are seeking a highly motivated LSRP to perform basic functions and activities related to defined research projects and to independently conduct and analyze experiments. Specifically, the LSRP will work as part of a team studying in vivo mouse models of neural plasticity and axonal remodeling through 3D imaging and light sheet microscopy.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience with neurobiological and immunohistochemical techniques and procedures. They will also be familiar with the principles of fluorescence microscopy, and have familiarity and interest in working with animal models. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 1) animal husbandry (e.g. breeding, genotyping), 2) animal survival surgeries (e.g. stereotactic injections, in vivo viral tracing, behavioral assays), and 3) microscopy (e.g. light sheet fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, image analysis). Familiarity with statistical methods and MATLAB/python programming languages are a plus.

Additional day-to-day lab functions include ordering supplies, and maintaining shared research equipment and spaces. Applicant should be organized, detail-oriented, intellectually motivated, and have excellent communication skills. Applicant will be involved in a defined research project with collaborative, team-oriented supervision.

The LSRP will report to the Lab Manager/Principal Investigator and may be responsible for supervising Life Science Technicians .

Weekend work may be necessary at times. Required weekend work can be substituted for normal workday hours. Work will be carried out primarily in the Department of Biology in Gilbert labs but will require visits to the animal facility, other core facilities and collaborating labs


  • Plan and perform experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results.

  • 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 post-doctoral individuals.

  • Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.

  • 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.

  • Help orient and train new staff or students.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned.


    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.

    Preferred Education & Experience:

    The candidate should have a B.A. or B.S. or Masters in Biology, Neuroscience, or a related field, and at least 1-3 years of experience in a relevant laboratory setting, preferably with experience in neuroscience techniques such as histology, microscopy, surgical procedures, and animal handling. They must be able to work closely with other lab members, yet independently, and must be comfortable presenting and discussing their work. Exceptional organizational abilities, and attention to detail are required.

    Strong references that document prior research experience and skills are required. Salary commensurate with experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.

    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 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 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,

    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.

    Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

    Job: Research

    Location: School of Humanities and Sciences
    Schedule: Full-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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