Lab Manager/Life Science Research Professional 3

Jun 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Lab Manager/Life Science Research Professional 3

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The Ashley Lab within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University is seeking a Lab Manager/Life Science Research Professional 3 to perform complex functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct a major portion of the research projects. The Ashley lab is focused on the science of precision medicine. We develop methods for the interpretation of whole genome sequencing data to improve diagnosis of genetic disease and to personalize the practice of medicine. We are particularly interested in the extremes of human performance. We try to understand how the human heart develops, contracts, adapts, and fails. We study failing hearts and we study the fittest people in the world. We have a wet and dry lab so we take advantage of cell systems, transgenic models and models of disease to chase down targets and prove causality. Therapeutic development is a near term goal and several of our discoveries are the focus of patents or are being actively pursued by pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners. Our group is one of the most diverse on campus - from mathematicians to molecular biologists, undergrads to junior faculty, physicists to genetic counselors.

Duties include:
  • Design research approaches for a major portion of research project(s), including background research, experimental design and execution, problem-solving, and writing up for publication
  • Develop new protocols; test and evaluate a variety of approaches
  • Perform complex (lab and/or field) experiments, and maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes; analyze and interpret research data resulting from original procedures and methods
  • Assist with new research proposals and applications for funding and grants
  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools
  • Prepare periodic progress reports or written reports on all phases of the research project
  • Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section. May be a co-author on publications. Present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; propose new research directions based on new advances discussed in literature
  • Oversee supply and equipment budget under minimal supervision of principal investigator or business manager
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings
  • Formally supervise and train new staff or students as needed, including hiring, performance management, and related duties, in addition to instruction on techniques and consultation on project work
* - Other duties may also be assigned
  • 5 or more years experience mentoring or supervising the day-to-day aspects of students' research projects
  • Experience with protein or polypeptide purification and assessment
  • Experience with in vitro motility assay and calcium sensitivity assays
  • Experience with directing and coordinating large genotyping and sequencing projects

Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and five years of related experience, or master's and two years of related experience.

  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles
  • Expert level knowledge and skills in field of science related to research project
  • General computer skills, experience with databases and scientific applications, and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essentia
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately
  • Developing project management skills


  • 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,

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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