Life Science Technician II (1 Year Fixed Term at 75% FTE)

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Life Science Technician II (1 Year Fixed Term at 75% FTE)

Stanford University

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Job Code: 5644Job Grade: A24
The Department of Otolaryngology - Pediatrics Division seeks a Life Science Technician II (.75 FTE / 1 Year Fixed Term) to assist with research projects pertaining to Schwann cell responses to nerve injury and nerve regeneration under the direction of Dr. Iram Ahmad (Pediatrics Division) and Dr. JP Pepper (Facial Plastics Division).
This is a new collaborative lab at Stanford - OHNS between Dr. Iram Ahmad and Co-PI Dr. JP Pepper which focuses on identifying new treatments for facial paralysis. Prior work has included an analysis of human induced pluripotent stem cells as a potential source of motor neurons for transplantation. Ongoing work includes characterization of hedgehog-responsive elements within the murine facial nerve, and vetting this as a potential therapeutic target. This position is fast paced within a dynamic research lab and duties include:

  • Perform skilled techniques in support of lab's research goals and will conduct experiments using microsurgical techniques. The LST II will be expected to solve problems by repeating the experiments, i.e. to decide what expose conditions and culture conditions are most suitable, and look up relevant studies. Tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry on complex tissue, and confocal microscopy will be necessary to evolve research using quantitative techniques such as qPCR or Western blotting.
  • The LST II will offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols such as improvements of an existing protocol and will assist with maintaining IRB/APLAC protocols for clinical and laboratory studies, and patient consenting for research studies.
  • Keep abreast of related scientific work by obtaining recommended literature from PI. Read the literature and stay abreast with the field to participate in discussions about experiments and potentially also about the underlying science. This is meant so that the LST II understands the evolving science related to his work.
  • Keep and updated laboratory notebook, maintain accurate documentation of experimental protocols and perform imagining analysis of data such that another lab member or PI could replicate the experiment. At times prepare figures from conducted experiments that will be used for publication.
  • Monitor, order, and store all lab supplies. A steward of equipment maintenance supply ordering including solutions. Interface with vendors and other internal Departments.
  • May provide guidance and/or train other lab staff. This includes students, lab technicians, and visitors, with their research projects including providing technical expertise. Acclimate summer (Grad/UG) students to lab procedures.

  • At least two years of previous laboratory experience or two years of college coursework in related scientific discipline required. Solid written and verbal communication skills, as well as demonstrated professionalism in working with colleagues (both internal and external laboratory users).
  • Must be capable of and willing to pay strict attention to detail, including following written and oral instruction.
  • Desired: Ideal candidates will possess a background inmouse models and some experience - or interest in learning - microsurgical techniques. This position will have responsibility for some independent scientific experimentation. Prior experience with frozen tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry on complex tissue, and confocal microscopy is a critical skill for this research and prior experience is ideal. Quantitative techniques such as qPCR or Western blotting are helpful.


Location: School of Medicine, California, United States
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Posted: 12/21/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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