Life Science Research Professional 2

May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Life Science Research Professional 2

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The Darian-Smith lab in the Dept of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional to perform activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct a portion of the research project(s). Our lab investigates the central neural response to spinal cord injuries that specifically affect hand/paw function. We use behavioral, electrophysiological and neuro-anatomical approaches to address specific questions in rodent and nonhuman primate animal models.


  • Work directly with and train animals (large animals/rodents) to perform behavioral tasks that monitor hand/paw function over many months. Some experience with video recording and analysis is desired but not required.
  • Perform general lab maintenance as needed; will be required to maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Prepare for, and assist with experimental procedures. May involve learning anesthesia in lab animals.
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Perform, sometimes complex (lab) experiments for portions of research projects. Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Supervise (either formally or informally) staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work. Serve as technical resource for other research staff.
  • May contribute to development of new research protocols and procedures or adaptation of existing protocols.
  • May make recommendations on plan design and/or research direction to principal investigator.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
  • Perform ongoing literature reviews to remain current with new procedures and related research.
  • Contribute to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section. May contribute to publication of findings and present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.
* - Other duties may also be assigned.


Prior experience working with, and training laboratory animals. Wet lab experience.


Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and three years of related experience, or Master's degree. Preference will be given to applicants with some neurobiology background.


  • 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.
  • 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 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,

Job: Research

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

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