Life Science Technician 1

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Life Science Technician 1🔍School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United StatesNew📁Research📅6 days ago Post Date📅89916 Requisition #Life Science Technician 1

The Sharaf lab ( has a position for a motivated research assistant at the Life Science Technician level with interests in biophysics, microbiology, or molecular biology. Our lab focuses on understanding the rules that govern protein localization in Gram-negative bacteria. A major goal of the lab is to characterize the structure and function of the protein machinery that mediates lipoprotein transport across bacterial membranes. This position will provide opportunities to contribute insights into bacterial physiology and to learn a range of molecular biology, protein purification, and biophysical techniques. The earliest start date for this position will be August 2021. This is a one-year fixed term position with the possibility of renewal.

Job Responsibilities:

Life Science Technician I position involve relatively simple techniques performed independently according to specific and detailed instructions. The technician may also be learning some skilled techniques under close supervision as a part of the job. Although there may be a few laboratory assistant duties at this level, the preponderance of the Life Science Technician I job involves technical procedures rather than laboratory support work.

Simple procedures are defined as those which require limited training. They do not require highly delicate manipulation or precise observation. The characteristic duties typically require entry level technical skills.

Characteristic Duties The duties listed under this section are designed to provide a representative sampling of key tasks and/or responsibilities associated with the job. They are not intended to be a complete list of all the duties performed by employees in the classification.

  • Maintenance and transfer of established cell lines where the culture conditions are well defined.
  • Biochemical assays (often colorimetric or spectrophotometric) of compounds or enzymatic activity using well-established procedures where the determination of any settings or adjustments is provided to the technician.
  • Molecular biology assays (polymerase chain reaction, sequencing reactions) where the protocol is well established.
  • Operation of instruments (e.g., spectrophotometer, fraction collector, scintillation counter, PCR machines, light microscope, cell counter) where the settings are simple or prescribed; techniques such as centrifugation (not involving density gradients) or limited black and white photography.
  • Isolation, purification and maintenance of bacteria and basic manipulation of bacterial plasmids using well-established protocols; determination of the concentration of cells.
  • Complete and accurate documentation of the work performed.
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis
Minimum Education and Experience Required

One year’s employment experience in laboratory work or a combination of equivalent education and relevant work experience/training (e.g., one year of college science).

Minimum Qualifications

Work requires the ability to follow detailed instructions and keep accurate records.

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.

· Ability to stand and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.

· Occasionally lift and handle materials up to 10 pounds · Rarely carry/pull and/or push up to 20 pounds · Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job. · Position may require repetitive motion

Working Conditions:

Work occurs in a research laboratory environment. Depending on research, may work in the vicinity of animals, chemicals, gasses, or hazardous materials. Expected to follow all safety requirements and procedures including wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if required.

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, the appropriate collective bargaining agreement at

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 5638
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: A18
  • Requisition ID: 89916




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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 8/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time