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Cytometry Specialist


Cytometry Specialist - 77290

The Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine (CMGM) at the Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking a Life Sciences Research Professional 2 (LSRP 2) for its Shared Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) Facility. 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.

This is an opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment with a wide variety of research applications and instrumentation. So, if you have proficiency in either CyTOF operation or flow cytometry, or would like to learn these technologies working side-by-side with our experienced staff, we are looking for a hard-working person to join our team.

Willingness to learn new techniques and troubleshoot technical problems is a requirement. In addition to learning and teaching operator skills on the CyTOF, this position will include work with researchers on the entire range of cytometry equipment in the facility. 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.

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 on the CyTOF2.
  • 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. May assist with purchasing laboratory equipment.

*Other duties may also be assigned


Desired Qualifications
  • Comprehensive understanding of how the flow analysis and cell sorting instruments work.
  • Ability to apply a broad understanding of biological systems in order to assist researchers and PIs in obtaining optimal results and to help them interpret those results.
  • 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.
  • Three or more years experience in operating flow cytometers, both analyzers and sorters, including BD instrumentation/software OR one or more years experience operating a CyTOF mass cytometer and additional 2 years experience in a related field.

Education and Experience Required

Bachelor's degree in related scientific field and three years of related experience, or Master's degree.

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 work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.

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 his or her 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,


Job: Research

Location: School of Medicine

Schedule: Full-time

Grade: G

Job Code: 4952

If you have an interest in working in a dynamic facility - check out our job posting Requisition 77290 at the Stanford Careers website:

Open Date: January 26, 2018
Close Date: March 26, 2018
Location: USA - Stanford, California
Attachment: N/A

Our vision is to advance the impact of cytometry in meeting current and emerging challenges in the life, biomedical, and physical sciences.

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