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Life Science Research Professional1

Company: Stanford University
Location: San Mateo
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:

Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 (LSRP1) to aid in the isolation and characterization of catalytic antibodies in human autoimmune pathologies of multiple sclerosis, myalgic encephalitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis; the LSRP1 will work closely with their supervisor on the project to conduct experiments as well as maintain communication with our collaborators in the departments of Stanford Neurology and Rheumatology for the purposes of acquiring human specimens (e.g., plasma and cerebral spinal fluid) for our study. The LSRP1 will be working off campus at the Stanford Genome Technology Center-one of the largest SoM basic science research labs with 70 staff scientists, graduate students, postdocs, visiting scholars and students.

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

    One of the focuses of our lab is to isolate and characterize catalytic antibodies in human autoimmune pathology.

    Therefore it is preferred the LSRP1 has a fundamental knowledge of the following areas:

    1) enzymology as it relates to Michaelis-Menten kinetics
    2) immunology (e.g. antibody production and tolerance)
    3) disease pathology of the human autoimmune system (i.e., multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and myalgic encephalitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome).

    Preferred laboratory skills and/ or concepts include:

    Gel electrophoresis, enzyme-linked immuno assays, and accurate pipetting abilities.

    It is also desirable the LSRP1 maintains excellent laboratory practice when handling human specimens (e.g. plasma and cerebral spinal fluid) for the purposes of aliquoting, storing and purifying proteins; furthermore, an understanding of the basic concepts of protein separation/ isolation techniques including high performance liquid chromatography, and how to interpret gel and chromatographic results, is a plus.

    A bachelor's degree in general biology or related field is also preferred.


    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. 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.

        • 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:
          • 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

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