Life Science Research Professional 1

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Stanford, CALIFORNIA

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.

The CNC (Cracking the Neural Code) Program at Stanford University School of Medicine seeks skilled and motivated Life Science Research Professional 1 (LSRP) to work 100% time.  The LSRP will work under general guidance from the Primary Investigator and senior lab members to study neural circuitry of psychiatric conditions such as depression, fear, and anxiety in animal models. The position includes performing a variety of in vitro and in vivo experiments related to animal models of disease, utilizing a variety of surgical, molecular biological, behavioral, histological, and cell culture techniques. LSRP will interpret results and make suggestions which may lead to publication.  On the job training in specific techniques may be provided. The LSRP may assist in supervising and training new staff and students on techniques as necessary, as well as performing lab management duties such as ordering supplies, maintaining lab records, and adhering to all Stanford safety regulations. 

Performance of technical procedures, interpretation of results, recognition of irregularities, recommendations for modification of techniques and approaches will be expected. The LSRP must be self-motivated, a quick learner, technically adept, accurate, efficient, organized and keep detailed records. The ability to work under tight deadlines with general guidance is essential. The LSRP must also have good general basic computer skills (including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint). In addition, the LSRP must have excellent communication skills with the ability to work independently as well as in a team. 

Duties include: 

  • Plan and perform experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results. 
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and related research.
  • Offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with graduate post-doctoral individuals.
  • Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes. 
  • 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.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students.

*- Other duties may also be assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology or related scientific field.
  • Proficiency with basic molecular biology techniques, such as PCR, or biochemical assays.
  • Proficiency with histology, animal surgeries, animal training, and behavioral assays.
  • Experience with confocal microscopy.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to perform technical procedures, interpretation of results, recognition of irregularities, recommendations for modification of techniques and approaches.


  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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 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, .

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