Life Science Research Professional 2

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Life Science Research Professional 2

Stanford University

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The School of Engineering

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) in the School of Engineering seeks a Life Science Research Professional 2 to join its team. The department is home to a large and active student body, excellent and dedicated faculty, and highly skilled and experienced administrative staff members who maintain high standards of excellence in a supportive, collegial environment.

You will support Professor Alfred Spormann's research team performing complex lab experiments, maintaining detailed records of experiments and outcomes, interpreting and analyzing results, developing new research protocols and procedures, contributing substantively to the preparation of papers for publication and performing research and technical supervision of postdoctoral scholars and graduate students working in the lab.

Civil & Environmental Engineering website:

Your Responsibilities Include:

  • Handling and growing anaerobic microorganisms, including methanogens and acetogenic bacteria. Performing chemostat and plug-flow reactor experiments.
  • Perform complex research tasks based on expert-level knowledge of microbial acetogenesis, including metabolomic and proteomics.
  • Isolate and refine cultivation of new anaerobic microorganisms in preparation for microbial acetogenesis.
  • Design and build multi-substrate consumption reactors with integrated, continuous online measurements.
  • Continue significant publication record of research findings as well as research protocol development in this emerging subfield by the PI's lab and develop new publication projects for the research team.
  • Research and technical supervision of postdoctoral scholars and graduate students working in lab.

*Other duties may also be assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Advanced computer skills and demonstrated success in following through and completing projects.
  • Ability to cultivate anaerobic microorganisms.
  • Understanding of methanogens and acetogenic bacteria.
  • Expert-level knowledge of microbial proteome allocation and slow growth physiology.
  • Expertise in design, construction and use of bioreactors.
  • Strong publication record relevant to this field.

In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • PhD and experience with anaerobic chemostat and slow growth physiology is highly desired.

*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

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.
  • 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.

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 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,

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission are our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff members. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background in laboratory work and provide examples of your publications and experience relevant to this position.

Thank you for your interest!

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4952
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: G
  • Requisition ID: 89304


Location: School of Engineering, Stanford, California, United States
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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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Posted: 4/26/2021
Application Due: 4/26/2033
Work Type: Full Time