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Stanford University Research Assistant (LSRP 1) in Stanford, California

Research Assistant (LSRP 1)

School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States


Post Date Apr 08, 2021

Requisition # 89110

Stanford University is seeking a Research Assistant (Life Science Professional - LSRP 1) to perform basic functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments.The candidate will work with Dr. Patricia Nguyen and her collaborators: Drs. Charles Chan and Mark Davis. Their projects involve the study of how the immune system affects atherosclerosis. The candidate will work closely with Dr. Nguyen’s lab members as well as lab members in the Chan and Davis lab.

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.


  • A Bachelor of Science in molecular biology or related discipline

  • Technical writing experience

  • Experience in performing cell culture, PCR, and basic molecular biology techniques.

  • Possess initiative, ability to multi-task and a desire to acquire new technical skills

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members and collaborators

  • Experimental design, execution of plan and presentation of data to team

  • Utilization of good documentation practices

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED): Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.


  • General understanding of scientific principles.

  • 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.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Job Code: 4945

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Grade: E

  • Requisition ID: 89110