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Life Science Research Professional 1

Stanford, California



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.

  • Full Time
  • Level: E
  • Travel: Minimal (if any)
  • Salary: $63K-$96K
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Job Description

Job ID 100588 Date posted 09/12/2023

Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 to perform basic functions and activities involved in defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments.

The laboratory of Dr. Cong at Stanford University is seeking a Life Science Research Professional 1 (LSRP1) to join our lab in the Department of Pathology at Stanford University.

You will be working with an unparalleled leading-edge community of faculty and staff that are fundamentally changing the world of health care. You will have the opportunity to influence and drive change with your innovative ideas, the ability to make a difference and participate in human advancements. Our culture is fast-paced, energetic, and growing all the time.

We offer a variety of benefits beyond traditional medical, dental, retirement, and savings options:

  • Events and program for children, sports camps, tuition options
  • World-class intellectual stimulation through learning and development classes, workshops, and onsite conferences from leading-edge speakers and faculty
  • Work/life and family-friendly policies and reimbursement
  • Participation in Stanford’s social responsibility and sustainable programs for a better world
  • A vibrant university culture that values the uniqueness of each individual

About the Department of Pathology:

The Department of Pathology is a founding department of the Stanford School of Medicine and one of the leading departments in the United States. Our preeminent faculty spans from emerging leaders to highly accomplished physicians and scientists, including a Nobel laureate and members of the National Academy. Our mission is to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of the human disease. This is done through discovery (research), education, and clinical care.

For more information about the department visit

About the Lab

The overarching goal of the lab of Dr. Le Cong at Stanford (Dept. of Pathology and Dept. of Genetics, Wu-Tsai Neuroscience Institute and Stanford Bio-X Institute) is to develop cutting-edge gene-editing and single-cell technology to understand complex diseases, paving the way for precision gene therapies. We integrate machine learning (ML) and computational tools and apply these technologies to disease-relevant models. Some ongoing projects are: (1) using state-of-the-art CRISPR screens to understand cancer innate immunity and resistance to immunotherapy; (2) probing immune regulation in neuro-degeneration in the brain combining human genetics, gene-editing, and novel viral delivery; (3) developing single-cell lineage tracing tools to study epigenetic regulation in cancer and stem cell models. Our interdisciplinary team has pioneered gene-editing and epigenetic engineering tools, high-throughput CRISPR screening, and single-cell computational analysis approaches. To learn more about the investigators, please see our group’s website ( and Dr. Cong’s profile (

Recent work include:

  • New CRISPR and non-CRISPR gene-editing technology (Molecular Cell 2022, Nature Cell Biology 2022, Nucleic Acid Research 2021)
  • Single-cell genomics, CRISPR screening (Cell Reports Methods 2023, ICML 2020, Cell 2017)
  • Stem cell biology and cancer immunology (Trends in Genetics 2021, Cancer Discovery 2020)

We are a highly innovative team collaborating with other expert groups working on cancer and stem cell biology at Stanford University. This will be a unique opportunity to learn and grow in research, biotechnology development, and translational applications.

About the Job

We are looking for highly motivated individuals to join our laboratory to perform technology-driven research to understand and engineer innate immune cells (e.g. NK cells, macrophages) to tackle cancer and other related diseases. As innate immune cells are understudied compared to T-cell/B-cell adaptive immunity, there are major opportunities to innovate in this area to develop better gene and cell therapies for cancer. Specifically, we plan to leverage genome-wide CRISPR screening, single-cell analysis including spatial transcriptomics, and novel viral delivery systems to identify key genes and pathways that drive innate immunity in the tumor microenvironment. This could lead to next-generation immunotherapy for cancer patients.

A successful candidate will work independently and collaborate with lab members to engage in developing gene-editing and single-cell genomics tools, and apply them to the study of cancer immunology \. The candidate will execute bench (wet lab) experiments focusing on tissue culture, next-generation sequencing, and animal studies. The candidate will also be responsible for some basic lab operations and management work. There will also be opportunities for computational skills development, such as bioinformatics analysis. This position offers a rich opportunity to engage research at the frontier of biotech fields, aiming for the next stage of your career, either in academia or industry.

Duties include:

  • Plan approaches 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.Assist with orientation and training of new staff or students on lab procedures or techniques

*- Other duties may also be assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field, life science discipline, or related field.
  • Fluency in a programming language for biological data science analyses, including R (preferred), Python (preferred), Julia, C++, Perl, and/or Matlab.
  • Basic knowledge of the unix command line environment is required.
  • Knowledge and experience in any of the following fields: immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, genomics, or related biology and bio-engineering fields.
  • Other qualities of a successful application would include evidence of being self-motivated, possessing strong communication skills, and the ability and desire to perform as part of a team.

Education & Experience (REQUIRED):

Bachelor's degree in related scientific field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (REQUIRED):

    • 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.

    Physical Requirements*:

    • 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.

    Working Conditions:

    • 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 required extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.
    • Due to the nature of the work, this position will work fully on-site.

    The expected pay range for this position is $53,000 to $76,000 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 Stanfordʼs 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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    • Analytical
    • Detail-Oriented
    • Problem Solver
    • Curious
    • Responsible
    • Self-Starter

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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

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    Why Stanford Medicine?

    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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