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Life Science Research Professional 1

Stanford, CaliforniaDate posted 11/28/2023Category ResearchWork Arrangement On Site


It takes a curious mind to unlock the future, and tremendous passion to make the impossible happen. As a Life Science Research Professional 1, you’ll play a critical role in our research labs by changing the trajectory of medicine. You’ll work alongside some of the top minds in science and have an ongoing opportunity for education. As we continue to reach toward novel approaches in the life sciences, our NIH ranking and backing of Stanford Medicine allow you to see your projects through. Join us and be a part of discovering the next breakthrough at Stanford School of Medicine. We're better with you.

  • Full-time
  • Level: Entry Level
  • Travel: Minimal (if any)
  • Salary: $63K-$96K
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Success Profile

What makes a successful Life Science Research Professional 1 at Stanford Medicine? Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Analytical
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Problem Solver
  • Curious
  • Responsible
  • Self-Starter

Career Path

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  • Life Science Research Professional 1 leads to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Medical Degree (MD) Program or Life Science Research Professional 2
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Medical Degree (MD) Program
  • Life Science Research Professional 2 leads to Life Science Research Professional 3/Lab Manager
  • Life Science Research Professional 3/Lab Manager

Employee Benefits

  • Comprehensive Health and Welfare Benefits

  • Unmatched Time Away Benefits

  • Unique Education Benefits

  • Work-Life Programs

  • Stanford Sweeteners

Job Description

Requisition ID: 97712Date posted 11/28/2023Job Status Regular

The Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) laboratory at Stanford University, is the institute’s largest, research focused, ambulatory care and laboratory services group offering both adult and pediatric bedside, phlebotomy, dietary and laboratory services across the research community. The CTRU laboratory designs and collaborates on studies, both locally and globally, supporting research across a broad range of platforms including proteomics, immunology, genomics, cancer and much more.
The CTRU is a primary backbone for accelerating the translation of bedside diagnostics and treatments and advancing research technologies into clinical applications. Learn more at

We are seeking a Life Sciences Research Professional to perform basic laboratory and administrative support duties related to the collection and processing of human samples which principally involve purification and characterization of human biospecimen derivatives, from both biofluids and tissue/tumors for defined research projects and clinical research studies including those from COVID-19 studies in BSL- 2+ certified laboratories. Candidate will also work with the team to conduct and analyze experimental procedures and may contribute to the establishment of new procedures in the CTRU lab. Work will be conducted under supervision of the CTRU Lab Supervisor/s.

This full-time, benefits eligible position will be primarily based at the Stanford Redwood city location, but may work across all CTRU sites and may require periodic late weekday and/or weekend work. The appointee must agree to flexibility with working hours based on research and operational requirements. A heavy emphasis on attention to detail and ability to multitask efficiently and accurately will be required.

Duties include:

• Accessioning, processing, and storage of specimens/samples accurately per SOPs/training. Follows SOPs for research studies/source documents as directed.
• Under supervision from senior staff, assists in planning and performing laboratory work in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results for research support.
• Offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with faculty investigators and other labs. Contribute to the development of new research protocols and techniques in the CTRU laboratory.
• Participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
• Tracks sample processing data and enters them into a database. Maintains all forms and documents including master subject logs.
• Takes initiative, identifies, and mitigates risks to ensure accuracy in sample processing and data storage.
• Work safely under the EH&S guidelines with potentially biohazardous biological specimens.
• Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, equipment, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
• Along with assistance from supervisor and senior laboratory personnel, assist with the training of staff or students as needed.
• Work closely with labs and treatment centers across Stanford community to ensure critical study time points are met
• Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and related research.
• Maintain detailed records of laboratory work and outcomes.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

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.

Degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field.
Highly motivated, dedicated, and independent.
Strong team player.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Microsoft office suite or ability to learn new software.
Organizational skills to troubleshoot unplanned situations while still meeting established deadlines.
The ability to communicate both in writing and verbally.
Capable of independent and self-motivated work to complete tasks with minimal direction.
Must maintain punctuality, good attendance and flexibility to work hours when study subjects are scheduled.


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,

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Stanford University has the unique benefit of being both well-established and intent on the future. As one of the most influential academic institutions in the world, our thought leaders, staff and cutting-edge, collaborative culture have fueled our belief in every possibility.


When I started my job at Stanford, I did not know what to expect, but I quickly discovered an exceptional work environment. As a Life Science Research Professional in Neurology, I see the enormous impact my work has on the future of medicine. My coworkers prioritize collaboration and are always willing to teach me something or sit down for a scientific discussion. In my lab at Stanford School of Medicine, I found people who care about my career development and who share my commitment to improving the human condition, one day at a time.

–Javier Ramos Benitez, Life Science Research Professional - Neurology

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