Life Science Research Professional 1

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Life Science Research Professional 1

Stanford University

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Life Science Research Professional 1


The Schumer lab ( has a position for a motivated research assistant at the Life Science Research Professional I level with interests in genomics, evolutionary, or molecular biology. Our lab focuses on understanding the role of hybridization in evolutionary processes. A major goal of the lab is to understand the mechanisms of selection on hybrids, from identifying loci involved in hybrid incompatibilities or adaptive introgression to characterizing the impact of hybridization on genetic processes such as recombination. Research in the lab combines empirical and computational approaches with a particular focus on the genetics of natural hybrid populations. This position will provide opportunities to learn a range of molecular biology and genomic techniques and offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with evolutionary, molecular, and development biologists.

The main responsibilities of the successful candidate will be performing high-throughput DNA and RNA extractions and library preparation for next-generation sequencing. In addition, some projects will involve using cell culture and CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in collaboration with other labs to investigate genes of interest. Other responsibilities will include performing routine laboratory techniques such as PCRs and cloning, as well as maintaining excellent records of lab work, curating samples and assisting in data analysis. This is a one- year fixed-term appointment with the possibility to renew.


  • 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.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in Biology or a related field.
  • Full-time wet lab experience (through internships or previous employment)
  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques: DNA extractions, RNA extractions, PCRs, cloning
  • Competitive candidates will have strong lab, scientific reasoning, and organizational skills.
  • One year or more full-time lab experience is preferred
  • Experience with cell culture
  • Experience with handling samples in high throughput formats
  • The ideal candidate will also have excellent communication skills, computer skills, and attention to detail

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • 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.

Certifications and Licenses:


  • 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 the 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,

How to apply:

Applicants should submit the following materials:
  • A curriculum vitae including relevant research experience, coursework, and specific lab and computer skills
  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position
  • Contact information for 2 references

Life Science Research Professional 1

Job Family: Research

Job Code: 4945

Job Grade: E

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4945
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: E
  • Requisition ID: 89041


Location: School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United States
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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Job No:
Posted: 4/6/2021
Application Due: 4/6/2033
Work Type: Full Time