Life Science Research Professional 1 (2 Year Fixed Term)

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Closing date
Apr 6, 2023

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The Martinez Lab at Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 (2 year fixed term) possibility for extension, to perform basic functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments. The Martinez Lab is part of the Department of Chemical and Systems Biology and of Developmental Biology and of the ChEM-H Institute. Our lab is broadly interested in RNA-based mechanisms of gene regulation. Our current research studies mechanisms and functions of RNA modifications in mRNA processing and their roles in development and disease. We use a combination of molecular biology, RNA biochemistry, genomics, genetics, and systems biology. We are enthusiastic about training, mentoring and working with the next generation of scientists. We welcome colleagues with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and skill sets. We are looking for scientists who are curious about RNA and want to engage in stimulating research in a supportive and inclusive environment.

The candidate will be responsible for helping manage the laboratory, preforming experiments to assist in advancing lab projects and will have the possibility of having an independent project. This is an opportunity for a candidate to make significant contributions to a new lab. Contributions to experiments and projects will merit authorship on resulting publications. Responsibilities include basic molecular biology (PCR, cloning, gel electrophoresis, etc.), cell culture, RNA biochemistry, protein purification, preparation of libraries for high-throughput sequencing, and other duties as assigned. A minimum 2-year commitment is preferred with the possibility of an extension, but this can be flexible depending on individual qualifications and circumstance. The earliest and ideal start date for this position is January 2022.

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.
  • Learn new techniques and approaches.

*- Other duties may also be assigned

  • Bachelor's degree in life sciences or related fields.
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques (PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning, etc.), biochemistry and/or cell culture is preferred. Experience working with RNA, protein purification, bioinformatics and/or mouse work would be a plus.

  • 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

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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