Stanford University is seeking a highly motivated Gnotobiotic Specialist for a role in our ambitious new effort to build the microbiome from scratch. Our goal is to take advantage of the tremendous promise of the microbiome to treat human disease. Candidates should have good hands and strong organizational skills. Ideal candidates are self-starters, comfortable with autonomy, and embrace opportunities to tackle new problems and challenges as part of a dynamic team in a start-up-like environment within the University.
The Gnotobiotic Specialist will be responsible for overseeing germ-free mouse facilities and facilitating germ-free mouse experiments using gnotobiotic isolators. You will be working closely with multiple faculty laboratories from the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences facilitated by Stanford ChEM-H.
CORE DUTIES*: - Independently conduct a portion of the research project(s) with an emphasis on experiments that require use of germ-free mice. Make recommendations on experimental design and/or research direction to the multiple faculty principal investigators, students, and postdocs engaged in the microbiome research program. - Independently conduct complex (lab and/or field) experiments to gather data for a portion of a major research project with an emphasis on gnotobiotic mouse experiments, including fecal sample collection and analysis. - 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.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and two years of relevant work experience; or Master's degree in a related scientific field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: - Animal husbandry experience. - Comfortable handling mice. - 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.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: - Experience performing mouse husbandry using gnotobiotic isolators, including monitoring mouse conditions and sterilization of materials for introduction into germ-free isolators. - Experience with mouse colony maintenance. - Basic mouse handling and breeding skills, including oral gavage and blood draw. - Basic microbial culture methods.
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 the 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 require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.
WORK STANDARDS: - 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.
What is Stanford ChEM-H? Stanford ChEM-H is a new interdisciplinary institute focused on connecting Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine for Human Health. The institute was founded as a joint venture of the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. The proximity of world-class biologists, chemists, engineers, and clinicians at Stanford presents a unique opportunity to study human biology at a molecular level, to translate this knowledge into groundbreaking products and services that promote healthy living, and to educate a new cadre of “physician-scientist-engineers” who will lead a rapidly evolving industry.
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.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Additional Information - Schedule: Full-time - Job Code: 4952 - Employee Status: Regular - Grade: G - Requisition ID: 83096 - Salary Range: $53,700 - $96,700 per year