Flow Cytometry Specialist (On-site)
Company: Stanford University
Posted on: November 19, 2023
The Shared FACS Facility at Stanford University is seeking a
Life Science Research Professional 2 to join our service center
team. The facility is a highly utilized flow cytometry service
center that provides consistent, high-quality, state-of-the-art
flow cytometric tools and applications to researchers throughout
Stanford University and research institutions/companies in the
region. We are seeking an energetic person, who enjoys interacting
with a wide variety of researchers to assist them with their
Primary goals of this shared resource lab are to provide flow
cytometry analyzer and cell sorting services to the Stanford
community. If you enjoy teaching and learning about projects
ongoing in many of the science departments across campus, then this
position offers a great opportunity.
The flow cytometry specialist will use their expertise in flow
cytometry and sorting to teach, assist, and troubleshoot flow
cytometry and sorting experiments in collaboration with
researchers. Willingness to learn new techniques and troubleshoot
technical problems is a requirement. The successful applicant will
be trained on the cutting edge of flow cytometry research and will
assist users in novel research using multicolor sorting and
analysis. As with any busy laboratory environment, excellent
personal communication skills and the ability to juggle multiple
duties is a must.
So, if you are interested in a dynamic workspace with great
colleagues, and want to use your scientific skills and cytometry
knowledge to help other researchers join our team!
Independently operate cell analysis and sorting instruments in the
Stanford Shared FACS Facility service center.
Perform routine maintenance on facility equipment, including
startup and QC of cytometers.
Become familiar with all software used in the facility and assist
facility users in learning to use this software.
Understand and utilize common and unique biological applications,
cell handling techniques, and reagents used by researchers and to
assist them in designing and optimizing their FACS experiments.
Work with research staff on implementation of updates to FACS
facility instruments and computer capabilities.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule and to work in a BSL-2
environment to meet the needs of the facility.
Provide training to assist self-operators to improve their skills
in all aspects of FACS and CyTOF instrument function.
Assist researchers in data interpretation.
Act as a resource for researchers in designing experiments and in
Take responsibility for non-routine instrument maintenance and
repair (complementing instrument manufacturer service).
Perform general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock,
manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general
lab support as needed.
*- Other duties may also be assigned
The requisite combination of education and/or experience in the
field to work independently, and to serve as a resource for users;
to train new users, and help self-operators solve problems with
their instrument operations
A highly qualified candidate will have 2 or more years experience
with one or more of the following instrumentation systems: BD
Influx, BD FACSAria/Fusion/S6, BD Symphony, Cytek Aurora, Agilent
OR one year experience operating a flow cytometer and additional 2
years of experience in a related field or in education
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and two years of
relevant work experience; or Master's degree in a related
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
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
Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is
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
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
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
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
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
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 expected pay range for this position is $67,000 to $88,000 per
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
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