Laboratory Assistant 2

Jul 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Laboratory Assistant 2

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Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology seeks a 75% Lab Assistant 2 to perform 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.

Duties include:

  • Make complex rodent diets/therapies, reagents, etc., requiring a series of laboratory operations, carrying out the series without intermediate instruction.
  • Record food/water/urine measurements. Replace and clean mouse metabolic cages.
  • Mouse husbandry and metabolic cage experiments. Perform analysis of urine samples for electrolyte composition.
  • Perform genotyping and mouse colony management.
  • Keep detailed records for animal and biosafety protocol renewal ordering for lab supplies; maintain service constructs for the laboratory assist with orientation of new lab members.
  • Order lab supplies & services; coordinate with vendors to maintain service contracts for the laboratory. Assist with orientation of new lab members or students; coordinate with collaborators.


  • The work requires manual dexterity sufficient to perform the characteristic duties, habits of cleanliness and neatness, and the ability to follow carefully detailed oral or written instructions.
  • High school course work in a laboratory science or equivalent exposure to a laboratory environment would be beneficial.
  • Work requires the ability to follow detailed instructions and keep accurate records.
  • Must have demonstrated initiative and good judgment, and the skills required to perform work with a minimum of error and less day-to-day supervision.
  • A minimum of one year's experience at the I level or equivalent.
  • Ability to handle small animals or to operate sterilizing equipment.
  • Demonstrated habits of cleanliness and neatness.
  • Ability to keep detailed records pertaining to animal census, cage inventory, and cage washing and sterilizing temperatures.
  • Ability to follow oral and/or written instructions in English.
  • Ability to learn the techniques and procedures required to care for and handle a variety of animals.
  • Ability to work in direct contact with animals and all components of animal housing and animal research environment.
  • One year of applicable animal care experience in research or animal laboratory setting.
  • Familiarity with NIH guidelines and USDA regulations.
  • Ability to work in a specific pathogen-free environment using established standard operating procedures.


  • One year of relevant experience with husbandry and other mousework and DNA genotyping by PCR. Otherwise, at least one year of laboratory work or equivalent training (e.g., one year of college science).

Special skills, knowledge, or training required, including tools or equipment used.

One year of relevant experience in mouse husbandry and DNA genotyping by PCR.

Job: Research

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Part-time
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