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Life Science Research Professional (1 Year Fixed Term)

Company: Stanford Medicine
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Job Description:

Stanford University is seeking a 100% FTE Life Science Research Professional 1 (LSRP1, 1-year, fixed term with the possibility of an extension pending funding) to perform functions, activities, and independently conduct a portion of an immunological research project that aims to characterize cells responsible for a motility gastrointestinal disorder. The LSRP1 will work in the Idoyaga Lab, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, whose primary focus is to understand the functional specialization of dendritic cells, and design novel therapeutic strategies. We use samples obtained from human patients, as well as mouse models to dissect the function of dendritic cells and other myeloid cells (e.g., macrophages) localized in the stomach and intestine. Samples will be obtained from healthy individuals or individuals that suffer a motility disorder called gastroparesis. The LSRP1 will be involved in characterizing the function of dendritic cells using ex vivo assays as well as small animal models of gastrointestinal motility.

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.
      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 https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/working-stanford/covid-19/interim-policies/covid-19-surveillance-testing-policy.

      DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
      • Bachelor's degree in biology, background in immunology, and at least 1-2 years of laboratory research experience.
      • Understanding of innate system function and activation of adaptive immune response.
      • Experience working with samples obtained from human patients and/or small animals.
      • Good problem-solving skills and communications skills.
      • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
      • Proficiency in English and writing skills.


        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.


          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:
                • 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.


                  Additional Information
                  • Schedule: Full-time
                  • Job Code: 4945
                  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
                  • Pay Grade: E
                  • Department URL: http://cmgm.stanford.edu/micro/
                  • Requisition ID: 92395As 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 https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/working-stanford/covid-19/interim-policies/covid-19-surveillance-testing-policy

Keywords: Stanford Medicine, Palo Alto , Life Science Research Professional (1 Year Fixed Term), Other , Palo Alto, California

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