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Flow Cytometry Specialist (On-site)

Company: Stanford University
Location: Stanford
Posted on: November 19, 2023

Job Description:

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 research projects.

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!

Duties include:

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 evaluating results.
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 Novocyte

OR one year experience operating a flow cytometer and additional 2 years of experience in a related field or in education


Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and two years of relevant work experience; or Master's degree in a related scientific field.


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.


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.


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 bases 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,

The expected pay range for this position is $67,000 to $88,000 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.

Keywords: Stanford University, San Francisco , Flow Cytometry Specialist (On-site), Other , Stanford, California

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