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Life Science Research Professional 1

Company: Stanford Medicine
Location: San Mateo
Posted on: May 13, 2022

Job Description:

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 (LSRP1) to perform basic functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments in the laboratory of Dr. Justin Sonnenburg. Our research program aims to elucidate the basic principles that govern interactions within the intestinal microbiota and between the microbiota and the host. Specifically, we are exploring the effects of perturbations in the intestinal environment, such as changes in diet, microbial community composition, pathogen exposure, host genotype, and microbiota-targeted small molecules. To pursue these aims, we study the microbiomes of global human populations and how these microbiomes respond to dietary, medical, and other lifestyle interventions. The LSRP1 will conduct experiments that will include performing bacterial culturing, DNA extraction, DNA quantification, and -omic data preparations from human studies-derived stool samples. The LSRP1 will be involved in organizing and creating and maintaining databases of human stool samples derived from clinical trial and global health study participants. The LSRP1 will be responsible for analyzing data from microbiome sequencing data. The LSRP1 will help conduct routine safety inspections for the lab, participate in the department's quarterly lab inspections, arrange for the disposal of hazardous materials, maintain the lab's chemical inventory, and help ensure the lab's compliance with chemical, fire, and seismological safety requirements. 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: Bachelor's degree in biological science discipline, microbiology preferred. Relevant laboratory experience highly desired. Experience in microbiome science and 16S amplicon and metagenomic sequencing desired. Required experience in anaerobic bacterial culturing and general microbiology sterile technique. Candidate will need to demonstrate aptitudes in foresight, planning and ability to organize. Ideally, the candidate should be familiar with working in R and unix environments. 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. CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES: None. 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 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 (from JDL): 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, . As an organization that receives federal funding, Stanford University has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement that will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States and applicable subcontractors. To learn more about COVID policies and guidelines for Stanford University Staff, please visit . Additional Information Schedule: Full-time Job Code: 4945 Employee Status: Regular Pay Grade: E Department URL: Requisition ID: 93708 As an organization that receives federal funding, Stanford University has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement that will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States and applicable subcontractors. To learn more about COVID policies and guidelines for Stanford University Staff, please visit

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