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Life Science Research Professional 1

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
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Sep 27, 2022

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The Gao Lab in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University ( is seeking a full-time Life Science Research Professional 1 with a passion for learning to join our new research team. The lab is broadly focused on exploring and harnessing the vast diversity of genes throughout Earth's microbiome to understand new biological principles and develop cutting-edge molecular technologies for human health and medicine. Particular areas of interest include new tools for precision genome editing, novel antimicrobial strategies, and characterizing the repertoire of diverse microbial programmed cell death pathways (see e.g. Gao et al. Science 2022,; Gao et al. Science 2020,; Slaymaker et al. Science 2016,

This position offers an excellent opportunity to directly participate in an exciting and fast-paced field of research. The successful candidate will work closely with a small team of scientists, learning a variety of laboratory skills, including cutting-edge molecular biology techniques, DNA sequencing, protein biochemistry, microbial genetics, and rigorous data analysis. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop scientific communication skills, learn how to tackle complex scientific problems, and make contributions that lead to co-authorship on high-impact publications.
Ideal candidates demonstrate deep intellectual curiosity, have strong organizational and communication skills, cherish team work, and desire to strive for excellence. Previous experience in molecular biology research is preferred but not required.

The Gao lab aims to build a multidisciplinary lab bridging fundamental biology and development of biotechnology for health and medicine. We are part of the School of Medicine and the Department of Biochemistry, which has a long-standing culture of sharing, strong sense of community and collegiality, and a supportive environment that values different people and perspectives.

Duties include:

Plan approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab, and execute research plans, analyze data, and communicate scientific results to team members at project meetings.
Perform molecular biology and microbiology techniques, including molecular cloning, PCR, nucleic acid purification, protein purification, gel electrophoresis, bacterial cell culture, and bacteriophage assays; maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
Prepare next generation DNA sequencing libraries and analyze the results.
Interpret and perform analyses of experiment results; offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with senior researchers.
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 preparations of written documents, including procedures and presentations
Work dynamically and flexibly with team members and provide general lab support as needed.
Prepare, order, and maintain lab stock.
Assist with orientation and training of new staff or students on lab procedures or techniques.

*- Other duties may also be assigned


A bachelor's degree in molecular/cellular biology, chemistry, or a related field with lab experience
Ability to critically read, interpret, and adapt scientific literature
Strong organization, documentation, and time management skills
Ability to build excellent working relationships and foster collaboration in a team environment
Prior lab experience and a minimum 2-year commitment are 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.


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 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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