Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Mass Spectrometry Research Specialist
Job Number: 88858
Mass Spectrometry Research Specialist
Stanford University Mass Spectrometry (SUMS, http://mass-spec.stanford.edu) is an essential university core resource facility that serves the scientific research community at Stanford and beyond. SUMS has an immediate opening for an early career scientist who will provide mass spectrometry expertise and support for scientists across a range of disciplines. This motivated individual will have the following key capabilities and responsibilities:
Capabilities, Skills, and Knowledge
Knowledge of common mass spectrometry related benchwork
General awareness of common proteomic assays and metabolomic bench techniques, from basic tasks like proteolytic digestions and liquid-liquid extractions to more complex tasks such as peptide labeling, peptide quantification, and MALDI sample preparation.
A good grasp of mass spectrometry fundamentals - particularly as related to orbitrap, triple quad, and time-of-flight mass spectrometers
Interpersonal skills and confidence to help guide our clients to the correct technologies to address their experimental needs
Good understanding of research-related software tools and ability to build methods for sample automation
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.
Core Duties and Responsibilities
Perform common mass spectrometry related laboratory tasks related to sample preparation, such as tissue lysis, protein precipitations, and metabolite extractions.
Assist in day-to-day instrument operation, queue management, and maintenance
Meet with researchers from diverse fields to discuss project design, provide guidance on sample preparation, and interpret mass spectrometry results
Oversee and work using advanced laboratory equipment, including laboratory automation tools (e.g. autosamplers and liquid handling robotics).
Keep impeccable records of research activities, protocol variations, and consumable usage.
Independently conduct a portion of the research project(s).
Make recommendations on experimental design and/or research direction to principal investigator.
Independently conduct complex (lab and/or field) experiments to gather data for a portion of a major research project.
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.
This position requires a MS in the physical or life sciences; BS with at least two years experience also welcomed to apply. Current knowledge in mass spectrometry is essential; expertise in similar benchwork techniques and analytical technologies is a plus. The successful applicant will need to be able to take initiative, function well both independently and as part of small teams, and quickly assimilate new techniques and concepts. Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, are vital to facilitate interactions with investigators from diverse scientific fields. Must be highly disciplined and motivated, able to simultaneously carry on multiple research projects, and committed to providing expert, timely support. Ability to multi-task efficiently in an extremely dynamic environment while interacting with other laboratory staff and researchers in a professional, pleasant, and tactful manner is a necessity. Aptitude and inclination for teaching, particularly in the laboratory, will be a valuable plus.
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.
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 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.
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.
Location: Dean of Research, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
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.
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