Research Associate/Lab Manager, Stanford University, USA
Summary of Position
The Marine Biogeochemistry Laboratory at Stanford University is seeking a Research Assistant for laboratory management and project-based research. Projects in the lab focus on marine nitrogen cycle biogeochemistry largely using stable isotope techniques. In addition to the following essential job functions around lab management, it is expected that the candidate will contribute to specific research projects by performing and assisting with experiments, training new students and personnel, maintaining safety records, and remaining current with new procedures and related research through ongoing literature review. Travel and field work opportunities may be available.
Some of the task and duties you may perform in this positon include but are not limited to the following:
- Maintain and repair two isotope ratio mass spectrometers and associated sample preparation systems
- Maintain and ensure reliable operation of other laboratory equipment, including UV/Vis spectrophotometers, autoclave, shaker tables, refrigerators and freezers.
- Maintain bacterial cultures in the laboratory
- Prepare samples for isotope ratio mass spectrometry
- Order laboratory materials and supplies
- Train students and visitors in laboratory procedures and protocols
- Organize, curate, and back up data.
- Check data for quality control
- Manage lab safety procedures and chemical waste pickup
- Prepare for and participate in sea-going research activities
- Assist in the setup and design of electronic circuits, mechanical parts, and other components.
- Perform technical procedures to gather data in support of a research project.
- Assist in analyzing and interpreting research data to recognize irregularities and invalid results, organize data, and develop models allowing for integration and display of data.
- Maintain and control laboratory supplies, equipment, and systems, and perform modifications.
- Assist in modification and adaption of standard protocols and procedures.
- Assist in preparation of papers for publication and scientific and program reporting.