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Life Science Research Professional
Stanford University in Stanford, California
Date Posted 11/26/2021
Admin-Residence Life and Housing
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Department of Bioengineering

Stanford Bioengineering is a dynamic and rapidly growing department within the Stanford’s School of Engineering and School of Medicine . For more than a decade, we have sought to advance bioengineering as a fundamental engineering discipline grounded in basic sciences and powered by a unique set of engineering concepts and principles, capable of realizing many diverse applications. Our community ranges broadly and includes some of the world's most successful leaders in bioengineering technology and business. Our staff are critical to supporting our organization’s goals and enabling our ongoing mission to conduct cutting-edge research, educate the next generation of leaders and scientists, and continue to formulate innovative solutions to global challenges.

Science and engineering are about learning and building respectively. They are about taking things apart to understand them well enough to build things out of them. When science and engineering are combined, it becomes possible to innovate and have an impact on society. The Coleman Lab is seeking a Life Science Research Professional who is ready to explore molecular and neurobiology with us so that we can build cool tools that are useful for more exploring. Through this cycle, we hope to enable big discoveries that lead to better systems for cloning, controlling cells, or biology more generally, and for studying the nervous system. 

The Coleman Lab tinkers with molecules so that they do what we want when we want. We build systems to make it easier for others to build systems (gene circuits), we build systems to make it easier for others to control cells, using light to control cells (optogenetics!), we build systems to make it easier to deliver genes into cells, and we build systems to map the brain. All while trying to make it cheaper and more accessible to other researchers. As a member of our team, you will be enthusiastic about science and engineering and eager to learn. You will learn about molecular and cell biology, lab and project management, which are core parts of the job, from experts in the lab. You will then use these skills to help support our research through experimentation and assistance with lab maintenance. Importantly, by being involved in these projects, you can have the chance to have your work published! If this sounds like it is a good fit for you, then come join our team! 

Please note that this is a one-year fixed term position, there may be an option for renewal based on funding.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Independently conduct experiments and continue research projects initiated prior to appointment.
  • Must keep an accurate laboratory notebook for all studies.
  • Plan and perform experiments in support of research projects in the lab and/or field, based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results. 
  • Offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with graduate and postdoctoral individuals. 
  • Make recommendations on the research design and direction.
  • May also be required to recommend changes in protocols to prevent reoccurrence of problems. 
  • Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and 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.
  • Compose, edit, and submit research for publication.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students.
  • Flexibility with other tasks as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with PCR, cloning, bacterial cell culture, dissection of mouse tissues and flow cytometry.
  • Demonstrate aptitude in foresight, planning, and ability to organize as required by research.
  • 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 50 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 correctable 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.


  • May require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens.
  • Requires 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.


  • Promote Culture of Belonging, Equity and Inclusion: Demonstrates a commitment to treat all coworkers with respect, that everyone is different and brings a unique perspective that they can learn from.
  • Promote a Culture of Growth: Demonstrates a commitment to growth and understanding that “failure” is just part of the job, so it is not actually “failure”, they are “desired difficulties” if we can all learn from it. Demonstrates honestly about failure and careful analysis to learn, grow and teach as much as possible from it.
  • 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 based 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu .

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background in customer service and provide examples of your experience with attention to detail, responsiveness, and decision-making.

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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