Senior Research Professional (Life Science Research Professional 2)

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Stanford University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since it's opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to prepare students for leadership in a complex world. Dr. Bali Pulendran's laboratory in the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection (ITI) at Stanford University is seeking a highly motivated Senior Research Professional (Life Science Research Professional 2) to join our team. ITI is an interdisciplinary institute and the overall goal of the lab's research is to understand how the innate immune system regulates adaptive immune responses to pathogens and, harness this knowledge in the design of vaccines and therapeutics.

Towards this end, we are using an integrative systems biological approach that use high throughput assays (transcriptomics, micro RNA expression, metabolomics) combined with computational approaches. The Life Science Research Professional 2 (LSRP 2) will perform complex functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct a portion of the research project(s). The LSRP 2 is expected to independently conduct, analyze, and present experiments with the postdoctoral fellows and others collaborating with the laboratory. The LSRP2 is expected to oversee and maintain a large mouse colony as well as ensure safe lab practices and current training of personnel in addition to updating biosafety and animal protocols as needed.

Duties include:
  • Independently conduct a portion of the research project(s). Make recommendations on experimental design and/or research direction to principal investigator.
  • Independently conduct complex (lab and/or field) experiments to gather data for a portion of a major research project.
  • Interpret and analyze results, often where few guidelines exist, and make modifications to existing procedures and protocols.
  • Develop new research protocols where appropriate protocols are not described in the literature or where modification or adaptation of standard procedures and protocols is required.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; apply to ongoing research and development of new protocols.
  • Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section, and to publication of findings. Present ongoing work to colleagues and/or academic conferences.
  • Oversee supply and equipment budget under supervision of principal investigator or business manager.
  • Work with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Supervise (either formally or informally) staff or students as needed, including oversight and direction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work. Serve as a technical resource for other research staff.
  • Oversee the daily activities of the laboratory including lab maintenance; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed. May assist with purchasing laboratory equipment.
  • Maintain large mouse colony, and plan breeding strategies.
  • Perform genotyping experiments.
  • Create new genetic mouse crosses with mice.

*- Other duties may also be assigned

  • Experience with basic mouse handling.
  • Familiarity with mouse breeding strategies.
  • Knowledge of mammalian genetics.
  • Prior experience with PCR.
  • Able to work independently and meet deadlines; recognize and resolve problems while maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to interface with the team to review and analyze the results.
  • Excellent lab notebook practices and attention to details.
  • Excellent communication skills; will and ability to interact with all levels of staff, external contacts, students, 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 and two years of relevant work experience; or Master's degree in a related scientific field.

  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific principles.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • 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.
  • 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 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,

The expected pay range for this position is $67,000 to $88,000 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.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford's extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

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