Life Science Research Professional 1

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Closing date
Jun 12, 2023

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The Department of Genetics at Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 to join the Jerby Laboratory to study the underlying principles and molecular underpinnings of multicellular dynamics in cancer. The ideal candidate will join the team as soon as possible.

Lab overview: Immune responses and tissue homeostasis rely on highly orchestrated multicellular regulation, where different cell types and the interactions between them can either halt or promote pathological processes. Grasping the logic of multicellular dynamics is fundamental to our understanding of many biological processes, and can greatly advance our ability to detect, treat, and even prevent, a wide range of diseases, including cancer. As such circuits consist of an immense number of interacting components, which often function in a context-dependent manner, our ability to decipher and target them is still very limited.

The Jerby lab develops integrative, multidisciplinary approaches to track, model, and perturb multicellular dynamics at scale, focusing on the cancer-immune interplay. Combining single-cell technologies with genetic editing and machine learning, we aim to unravel the causal structure of multifactorial immune evasion mechanisms in highly aggressive tumors, develop new ways to trigger and augment targeted anti-tumor immune responses, and provide a blueprint for the study of multicellular (dys)regulation in health and disease. For more information about our research and laboratory, see

Job description: We are looking for enthusiastic and creative people to join us as Life Science Research Professional 1 (LSRP). The LSRP is expected to lead and design experimental projects to tackle key questions and challenges in cancer immunology. Specific projects include developing a multimodal perturb-seq system to identify key regulators of cancer-T-cell interactions; mapping cancer-immune dynamics across time and space using emerging single-cell and spatial profiling technologies; and integrating genetic and environmental editing to decipher combinatorial effects driving multifactorial immune evasion mechanisms.

The candidate should have experience with molecular and cell biology techniques, primary cell culture, and ideally also single cell sequencing and/or genetic editing; high level of initiative and motivation; ability to work independently and with a team; excellent communication, organization, and time management skills; and, most importantly, creative thinking and passion for science.

The Jerby lab is a supportive and interdisciplinary workplace that provides exposure to innovative research and cutting-edge technologies. This position is a unique opportunity for scientific growth and development with the potential for widespread recognition of scientific contributions.

Duties include:
  • Plan approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab 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.

  • Proficient in molecular and cell biology, with hands-on experience in operating standard lab equipment.
  • Strong core competencies in cell and molecular biology techniques, including, for example: tissue culture, flow cytometry, cell sorting, live cell imaging, reporter systems, transfections, and/or drug delivery.
  • Preference to candidates with experience in single-cell/spatial sequencing, primary cell culture (particularly T cells), and/or genetic editing.
  • Ability to quickly learn, preform, and master the procedures described above, and then effectively disseminate their knowledge and train other lab members.
  • Exceptional organizational, time management and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent lab notebook practices and attention to details.
  • Excellent communication skills; will and ability to interact with all levels of staff, external contacts, students, trainees, and collaborators.
  • Enthusiasm, curiosity, and eagerness to learn and develop, collaborate and contribute to an inclusive and supportive environment.


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.

The expected pay range for this position is $54,000 to $71,000 per annum.
Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

  • 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,

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