Life Sciences Research Professional (Research Assistant)

Stanford, California
$55,000+ commensurate with experience + benefits
Mar 19, 2021
May 18, 2021
Position Type
Full Time

A small dynamic neurobiology lab in the Dept of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University is seeking a full time Life Science Research Professional/Research Assistant to perform activities involved in defined research projects. Our lab investigates central and peripheral neuronal (and immune) responses to spinal cord injuries that specifically affect hand/paw function.   We use behavioral, electrophysiological and neuro-anatomical approaches (including tract tracing, histochemistry, immuno-fluorescence, AAVs, etc) to address specific questions in rodent and large animal models. The successful applicant will work closely with the PI and lab members and independently where needed.  

The applicant will:

  • Work directly with and train animals (large animals/rodents) to perform behavioral tasks that monitor hand/paw function over many months.  Some experience with video recording and analysis is desired but not required.
  • Perform general lab maintenance as needed; will be required to maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Prepare for, and assist with experimental procedures.  This may involve learning anesthesia in lab animals.
  • Work with health and safety to ensure lab complies with regulations and all required trainings.
  • Perform, sometimes complex (lab) experiments for portions of research projects. Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Supervise (either formally or informally) staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work. Serve as technical resource for other research staff.
  • May make recommendations on plan design and/or research direction to principal investigator.
  • Perform ongoing literature reviews to remain current with new procedures and related research.
  • Contribute to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section. May contribute to publication of findings and present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.

Applicants, please contact PI (Corinna Darian-Smith) directly at and enter ‘LSRP’ in subject line. Please attach CV, a brief paragraph of professional goals and the contact details for 3 references (professionally relevant please).  

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer.   Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Minimum requirements- undergraduate degree in life sciences.  Computer competence.  Preferred: lab animal experience, Master’s Degree in life sciences.  Neurobiology background.