Research Assistant

Location
Stanford
Posted
Dec 21, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Research Assistant

Stanford University

Job Number:
81582

We are seeking a full time Life Science Research Assistant (LSRP1) to join the Buckwalter Laboratory in the Department of Neurology at Stanford University. The laboratory focuses on neuroinflammation after stroke and how it affects outcomes. This LSRP will aid in the investigation of immune causes of vascular dementia. Experience with mouse handling and/or animal behavior is highly desirable. Experience with flow cytometry, lymphocyte biology, immunohistochemisty, RNASeq are desirable. The job would entail the performance of independent research as well as 5-10% effort on administrative lab management tasks. Excellent communication and collaborative skills and a two-year commitment are essential. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Duties include:
  • Plan approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory.
  • Independently conduct experiments; maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Apply the theories and methods of a life science discipline to interpret and perform analyses of experiment results; offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with senior researcher.
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and apply learnings to related research.
  • 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.
  • Assist with orientation and training of new staff or students on lab procedures or techniques.
*- Other duties may also be assigned

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Prefer a degree in the Biological Sciences.
  • The job requires someone who is meticulous, rigorous, and highly organized.
  • He/she must have experience with research, ideally will have worked with mice before, and conducted assessments of mice using molecular biology, cell biology, and/or other approaches.
  • Proficiency in some of the following: immunohistochemistry, ELISA, RNA preparation and sequencing, quantitative PCR, as well as light and confocal microscopy.
  • Computer experience with spreadsheet and word processing applications
  • Experience or willingness to learn basic statistical methods


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):

Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
  • General understanding of scientific principles. Demonstrated performance to use knowledge and skills when needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply theoretical knowledge of science principals to problem solve work.
  • Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • 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.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
  • 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.
  • 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 CONDITIONS:
  • 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.

WORK STANDARDS:
  • 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 bases 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.)


Job:

Location: School of Medicine, California, United States
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To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

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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