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Life Science Research Professional 1

Stanford University
School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States

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Life Science Research Professional 1🔍School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States📁Research📅May 07, 2024 Post Date📅103156 Requisition #

Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 to perform basic functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments.

About the Department of Pathology:

The Department of Pathology is a founding department of the Stanford School of Medicine and one of the leading departments in the United States. Our preeminent faculty spans from emerging leaders to highly accomplished physicians and scientists, including a Nobel laureate and members of the National Academy. Our mission is to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and basic understanding of the human disease. This is done through discovery (research), education, and clinical care.

You will be working with an unparalleled leading-edge community of faculty and staff that are fundamentally changing the world of health care. You will have the opportunity to influence and drive change with your innovative ideas, the ability to make a difference and participate in human advancements. Our culture is fast-paced, energetic, and growing all of the time.

We offer a variety of benefits beyond traditional medical, dental, retirement, and savings options:

    Events and program for children, sports camps, tuition optionsWorld-class intellectual stimulation through learning and development classes, workshops, and onsite conferences from leading-edge speakers and facultyWork/life and family-friendly policies and reimbursementParticipation in Stanford’s social responsibility and sustainable programs for a better worldA vibrant university culture that values the uniqueness of each individual
We are seeking candidates who are progressive thinkers, see challenges as simply problems to solve, and have the spirit and energy to change the world.

Comprised of extraordinary faculty and staff, our mission is to improve the ability to diagnose, treat and understand the origin and manifestation of human disease, and to care for those who have or are at risk to develop disease. We accomplish this through our clinical services (in all fields of anatomic and clinical pathology, including molecular and genomic pathology, histocompatibility testing and transfusion medicine) and be research (which includes basic, translational and clinical research into the origins and manifestations of disease, including efforts to improve disease prediction and prevention as part of the goal of achieving precision medicine and health), and also by educating future leaders in pathology and related fields. Everything we do is to achieve the goals of providing the highest quality of clinical services to the patients for whom we passionately care, to advance our ability to understand, diagnose, monitor and ultimately to cure disease or to prevent or delay its occurrence, and to provide outstanding education and career development opportunities to those who share these goals.

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About the Lab:

The LSRP will work in the lab of Dr. Jeff Axelrod MD PhD (Department of Pathology and Bio-X, Stanford University School of Medicine). The Axelrod lab studies developmental patterning events at the level of morphogenesis, using a combination of genetic, molecular, cell biological, structural and theoretical approaches. We wish to understand how genes orchestrate development to reproducibly give rise to morphological patterns seen in multicellular organisms. We use the fruitfly Drosophila as a model system in these investigations. Our primary focus is on Planar Cell Polarity (PCP), a signaling mechanism that orients cells within tissues and organs. Our studies aim to understand the mechanisms responsible for providing, interpreting and executing orientation signals. These signals are important not only in development, but also are of central importance to a variety of developmental defects and disease states, including neural tube closure defects, congenital deafness, congenital heart defects and cancer, in which PCP mechanisms are mis-regulated.

For more information about our multidisciplinary research laboratory, see

About the Position:

We are recruiting a Life Science Research Professional 1 to join a research group within the lab focused on understanding the mechanism by which a group of ‘core’ PCP proteins polarize cells and coordinate polarity between cells. Using the fruit fly, Drosophila, we employ methods in genetics, cell biology, structural biology and theory to better understand how these proteins define a cellular axis by asymmetric segregation of distinct protein complexes to opposite sides of the cell. The successful candidate will join a project investigating how these proteins assemble into complexes that aggregate into clusters, and how clustering promotes asymmetric segregation. The LSRP will employ Drosophila genetics to create strains of interest, will use a variety of advanced microscopy methods to analyze both live and fixed Drosophila tissues, will develop and use image analysis tools to derive statistically meaningful data from those images, and develop mathematical models to describe the behavior of proteins and complexes during polarization. These studies will be carried out in the context of an active collaboration with Alex Dunn’s lab in the department of Chemical Engineering. This position represents an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to basic laboratory skills as well as advanced genetics, imaging and analysis methods in a dynamic research environment.

Duties include:

    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.

*- Other duties may also be assigned

Desired Qualifications:

    PhD degree in a quantitative, life science discipline: biophysics, computational biology, or a related field.Fluency in a programming language for biological data science analyses, including Matlab (preferred) and imageJ (required).Basic knowledge of the unix command line environment is preferred, and some past experience with Drosophila as a model organism is preferred.Knowledge and experience in any of the following fields: developmental biology, genetics, cell biology, or related biology and bio-engineering fields. Familiarity or experience with theoretical biology is desired.Other qualities of a successful application would include evidence of being self-motivated, possessing strong communication skills, and the ability and desire to perform as part of a team.

Education & Experience (Required):

  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Required):

    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.

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 his or her job.

Working Conditions:

    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.Due to the nature of the work, this position will work fully on-site.

The expected pay range for this position is $26.44 to $36.54 per hour.

Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

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 is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. 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 course auditing. 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

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.

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.

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: 4943
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: E
  • Requisition ID: 103156
  • Work Arrangement : On Site


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