Research Technician

Updated: over 1 year ago
Location: Stanford, CALIFORNIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Research Technician

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world.

Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S. Visit to learn more about working at HHMI.

Research Technician

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has an exciting opportunity for a Research Technician to join the research team in a Lab at Stanford University. Our laboratory is focusing on fundamental developmental questions. We study cell-fate transitions, cell division and cell-cell signaling.  These broad questions are addressed specifically in the stomatal lineages of various genetic model plants, including Arabidopsis Brachypodium and tomato.  The Research Technician assists scientists to support research under general supervision and performs experimental techniques such as standard molecular methods (PCR, electrophoresis, molecular cloning, DNA/RNA extraction), plant-related work (crossing, planting, harvesting), tissue-culturing and callus transformation, and general lab support and maintenance.  Collect, verify, record, and compile data and information in support of laboratory research.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Assist scientists and technicians by performing investigative procedures and operating a variety of instruments and other scientific equipment, i.e. microscopy, molecular cloning, PCR, genotyping, gel electrophoresis, biochemical assays.
  • Maintain plants and/or bacterial and tissue cultures for experimental purposes.
  • Maintain plant growth facilities to be suitable for transgenics, regeneration and intensive phenotyping.
  • Collect, record, organize and verify the accuracy of data; perform calculations and prepare charts, graphs and reports. May use software application to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and test reports.
  • Configure and operate laboratory apparatus and instruments; read and record instrument data, tabulate data; keep laboratory records.
  • Maintain chemical stocks and inventory in compliance with environmental health and safety standards. Order chemicals, reagents, and other laboratory supplies.
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions.
  • Read literature applicable to research areas as required.
  • Perform duties of laboratory assistant as required.
  • Demonstrate various laboratory techniques to laboratory personnel and students as needed.
  • Contribute to research results on and on-going basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Molecular Biology or related field AND one or more years of related laboratory experience.
  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques (DNA, cloning, PCR, DNA/RNA isolation)
  • Generally experienced in job duties and in the principles and practices associated with those duties with an understanding of the underlying scientific principles.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
  • Ability to draft routine reports and keep accurate records of work performed.
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise.
  • Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction.
  • Able to use experience and perform a variety of new techniques.
  • High motivation to support basic research and general interest in fundamental biological questions.
  • Understands role in the work unit as well as how the job relates to the organization as a whole.
  • Able to train others in specialized tasks within their own area of expertise.

Additional Information: this is a fixed term position, up to 2 years.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Stanford, California, United States
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