Life Science Research Professional 1

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POST DATE 8/12/2016
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Stanford University Stanford, CA

Stanford, CA
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Stanford University

Life Science Research Professional 1

Job Number: 72090

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Perform basic functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments.

We are seeking a motivated candidate to 1) participate in research projects on genetics and evolution and 2) manage and organize the yeast experimental group of the Petrov lab.


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.
Participate in defined research projects utilizing experimental evolution in yeast, DNA barcode technology, and high throughput sequencing to answer questions about the predictability, pace, and targets of evolutionary adaptation.
Carry out procedures such as PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, DNA extraction, and yeast cell culture.
Interact and collaborate with a diversity of researchers in three collaborating laboratories.
Laboratory management tasks such as ordering supplies, cleaning lab ware, and adhering to/implementing safety regulations.
Maintaining and organizing basic yeast supplies, including liquid and solid media and related reagents.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.

Preferred: 1) Bachelor's degree in biology or related scientific discipline; 2) experience with genetics and molecular biology; 3) highly organized, detail-oriented, responsible, and able to work independently; 4) good communication skills; 5) desire to contribute to fundamental research in genetics and evolution (some background knowledge in these areas is a big plus); and 6) experience with yeast and sterile techniques desired but not required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

General understanding of scientific principles.
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 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 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,

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

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.

Job: Research

Location: School of Humanities and Sciences

Schedule: Full-time

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