Life Science Research Professional 2

Jun 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Life Science Research Professional 2

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Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 2 to work under the joint supervision of Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Michael S. Kapiloff, MD, PhD, a newly recruited Associate Professor in that Department. The Goldberg and Kapiloff laboratories utilize small rodent, in vivo ophthalmologic models to study the basic molecular mechanisms promoting the neuroprotection and neuroregeneration of the retinal ganglion cell in disease and to develop novel therapeutics for eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated scientist who will provide core in vivo services supporting the research of the Goldberg and Kapiloff laboratories.
Duties include:
  • Performance in mice and rats of optic nerve crush and other survival surgery models of eye disease, intravitreal injection of novel gene therapy vectors, behavioral visual testing, and other related in vivo techniques. Some of these skills could be acquired through on the job training, but there must be prior experience in in vivo small animal research that can be demonstrated via references and/or publications.
  • Perform animal husbandry and genotyping of recombinant mouse lines.
  • Maintain detailed records of experiments, interpret and analyze results of in vivo eye phenotype characterization.
  • 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, including animal use protocols.
  • Facilitate collaborations with other researchers in the Department of Ophthalmology and participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
  • Oversee supply and equipment budget for animal research under supervision of principal investigator or business manager.
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; present findings for lab work group.
  • Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section.
  • Supervise and provide instruction regarding in vivo ophthalmologic research (either formally or informally) for fellow and students as needed, as well as consultation on project work. Serve as technical resource for other research staff.
* - Other duties may also be assigned EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and three years of related experience, or Master's degree.

  • Experience in in vivo small rodent survival surgery including proficiency in the use of anesthesia and preferably with ophthalmologic models
  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles including how to interpret behavioral and histologic data.
  • 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.
  • History of compliance with animal use regulations and an understanding of the importance and application of standard operating procedures to maintain compliance.
  • Ability to interact well with other members of the research group with regards to discussions of experimental design and project needs, and understanding that work in this position will most often result in co-authorships on manuscripts and not first or senior authorship.

This position will require maintaining up-to-date all applicable University animal use certifications.

  • 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.

  • Working alone for extended hours in animal facility
  • May require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens.
  • Will require extensive 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,

Job: Research

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

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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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