Flow Cytometry Specialist
Company: Stanford Medicine
Location: San Mateo
Posted on: November 27, 2022
The Shared FACS Facility at Stanford University is seeking a
Life Science Research Professional 2 to join our service center
team. The facility is a highly utilized flow cytometry service
center that provides consistent, high-quality, state-of-the-art
flow cytometric tools and applications to researchers throughout
Stanford University and research institutions/companies in the
region. We are seeking a person, who enjoys interacting with a wide
variety of researchers to assist them with their research projects.
Primary goals of this shared resource lab are to provide flow
cytometry analyzer and cell sorting services to the Stanford
community. If you enjoy teaching and learning about projects
ongoing in many of the science departments across campus, then this
position offers a great opportunity.
The flow cytometry specialist will use their expertise in flow
cytometry and sorting to teach, assist, and troubleshoot flow
cytometry and sorting experiments in collaboration with
researchers. Willingness to learn new techniques and troubleshoot
technical problems is a requirement. The successful applicant will
be trained on the cutting edge of flow cytometry research and will
assist users in novel research using multicolor sorting and
analysis. As with any busy laboratory environment, excellent
personal communication skills and the ability to juggle multiple
duties is a must.
If you are interested in a dynamic workspace with great colleagues,
and want to use your scientific skills and cytometry knowledge to
help other researchers, join our team!
- Independently operate cell analysis and sorting instruments in
the Stanford Shared FACS Facility service center.
- Perform routine maintenance on facility equipment, including
startup and QC of cytometers.
- Become familiar with all software used in the facility and
assist facility users in learning to use this software.
- Understand and utilize common and unique biological
applications, cell handling techniques, and reagents used by
researchers and to assist them in designing and optimizing their
- Work with research staff on implementation of updates to FACS
facility instruments and computer capabilities.
- Must be able to work a flexible schedule and to work in a BSL-2
environment to meet the needs of the facility.
- Provide training to assist self-operators to improve their
skills in all aspects of FACS and CyTOF instrument function.
- Assist researchers in data interpretation.
- Act as a resource for researchers in designing experiments and
in evaluating results.
- Take responsibility for non-routine instrument maintenance and
repair (complementing instrument manufacturer service).
- Perform general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock,
manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general
lab support as needed. - Other duties may also be assigned
- Comprehensive understanding of how the flow analysis and cell
sorting instruments work.
- Ability to apply a broad understanding of biological systems in
order to assist researchers and PIs in obtaining optimal results
and to help them interpret those results.
- The requisite combination of education and/or experience in the
field to work independently, and to serve as a resource for users;
to train new users, and help self-operators solve problems with
their instrument operations
- A highly qualified candidate will have 2 or more years
experience with one or more of the following instrumentation
systems: BD Influx, BD FACSAria/Fusion/S6, BD Symphony, Cytek
Aurora, ACEA Novocyte OR one year experience operating a flow
cytometer and additional 2 years of experience in a related field
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and two years of
relevant work experience; or Master's degree in a related
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
- Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles.
- General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master
computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
- Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
- Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and
- Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is
- 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
- 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
- May require working in close proximity to blood borne
- 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
- 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:
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well
with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external
- 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
- 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, .
Keywords: Stanford Medicine, San Mateo , Flow Cytometry Specialist, Other , San Mateo, California
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