Life Science Research Professional 2

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Life Science Research Professional 2🔍School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States📁Research📅Feb 19, 2021 Post Date📅88515 Requisition #The Stanford Translational Aggression and Addiction Research (STAAR) Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences seeks a Life Science Research Professional 2 (LSRP 2) to study how neuronal circuits in the mammalian brain control behavior. Under the supervision of the PI, the LSRP 2 will be responsible for independently running mouse behavioral paradigms, conducting stereotaxic surgeries to inject viruses and implant neuronal recording and manipulation devices into the mouse brain, and/or analyze the resulting data. The LSRP 2 will work independently and with other lab members to perform these surgeries and administer post-operative care to animals. In addition, the LSRP 2 will be responsible for histological preparation and microscopy imaging, as well as maintenance of a subset of the mouse colony, which will require tissue collection from mice and processing of genomic DNA.

Duties include:

    Independently conduct a portion of the research project(s). Make recommendations on experimental design and/or research direction to principal investigator. Independently conduct complex (lab and/or field) experiments to gather data for a portion of a major research project. Interpret and analyze results, often where few guidelines exist, and make modifications to existing procedures and protocols. Develop new research protocols where appropriate protocols are not described in the literature or where modification or adaptation of standard procedures and protocols is required. Participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; apply to ongoing research and development of new protocols. Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section, and to publication of findings. Present ongoing work to colleagues and/or academic conferences. Oversee supply and equipment budget under supervision of principal investigator or business manager.Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings. Mentor (either formally or informally) staff or students as needed, including oversight and direction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work. Serve as a technical resource for other research staff.Oversee the daily activities of the laboratory including lab maintenance; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed. May assist with purchasing laboratory equipment.

*- Other duties may also be assigned


  • PhD in Neuroscience or related field
  • Knowledge of mouse colony maintenance or animal care
  • Knowledge of intra-cranial stereotaxic survival surgery and virus injection
  • Knowledge of intracardiac perfusion, tissue sectioning and mounting, immunohistochemistry, microscopic image acquisition
  • Knowledge of data analysis techniques and tools, including Python or Matlab


  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and two years of relevant work experience; or Master’s degree in a related scientific field.


    Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles. General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.


    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.Will 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 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,

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4952
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: G
  • Requisition ID: 88515




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Job No:
Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 3/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time