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Stanford University Lab Assistant for Killifish Husbandry and Research (Schedule: Monday-Friday) in Stanford, California

Lab Assistant for Killifish Husbandry and Research (Schedule: Monday-Friday)

School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States


Post Date May 07, 2024

Requisition # 102896

The Department of Genetics at Stanford University is looking for a full-time fish technician to help with research on aging and age-related diseases (https://web.stanford.edu/group/brunet/). This is a diverse and engaging environment with a culture of collaboration, scientific excellence, and support. This position is represented by SEIU Local 2007 and the collective bargaining agreement between the university and SEIU Local 2007 governs the terms and conditions of employment.

The fish technician will care for the short-lived African killifish, which is a great model to study aging and age-related diseases. The fish technician will also perform laboratory procedures involving this fish. The ideal candidate will be well-organized, reliable, and motivated, and he/she/they will have excellent ability to interact with team members. Previous experience with fish husbandry is desired, but not required.

Duties include:

  • Maintain various strains of fish

  • Maintain the Aquatic Housing Systems, including checking water parameters, preparing food, regular feeding, sterilize fish tanks etc.

  • Recognize and report signs of illness or behavioral abnormalities.

  • Take fish census and record information, such as deaths.

  • Maintain accurate and compete records on fish inventory and breeding.

  • Treat animal under the direction of a post-doctoral fellow(s).

  • Set-up breeding tanks and collect fish embryos, and hatch developed embryos.

  • Perform lab procedures such as genotyping.

  • Perform lab procedures such as injecting DNA and RNA into fertilized eggs (fish transgenesis).

  • Organize the fish room.

  • Feeding the fish during the weekend approximately once a month (Saturday and Sunday).


  • Demonstrated habits of cleanliness and neatness.

  • Ability to keep detailed records.

  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction in English.

  • Understanding the techniques required to care for animals.

  • Computer experience to maintain breeding records and other documents preferred.

  • Ability to work in a pathogen-free environment using established procedures.

*-Other duties may also be assigned.


  • A least two years of animal work experience is desired. Experience working with fish is highly desired.

  • Computer experience (excel, word, email, etc.) in order to maintain breeding records and other documents preferred.


This position requires a minimum of one year of Laboratory Assistant I level or a combination of education and relevant experience.


  • In addition to the qualifications listed for the Laboratory Glassware Washer, these employees must have demonstrated initiative and good judgment.

  • Ability to perform work with a minimum of error under general supervision.

  • Ability to train others in aspects of Lab Assistant work.


  • Manual dexterity to perform assigned tasks.

  • Write by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts.

  • Frequently stand/walk, perform seated work, operate special machines.

  • Occasionally twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach /work above shoulders, light fine grasping.

  • Lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds.

  • Rarely help move heavier items (e.g. chairs or lab equipment; packages of supplies; drums containing 2 to 15 gallons, depending on ability.

  • In some Glassware Washing operations, occasionally may pull a wheeled Glassware cart that weighs approximately 100 pounds.

* - 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.


  • Work occurs in a research laboratory environment.

  • Depending on research, Lab Assistants may work in the vicinity of animals, chemicals, gasses or hazardous materials.

  • Expected to follow all safety requirements and procedures, including wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if required.


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements

  • 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,http://adminguide.stanford.eduand the appropriate collective bargaining agreement athttps://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/hr-processes-policiespolicies/labor-relations-collective-bargaining.

The expected pay range for this position is $29.32 (step 1) to $35.41 (step 10) per hour.*

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.

*Placement in the range is subject to the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website (https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/benefits-rewards) provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact Stanford University Human Resources atstanfordelr@stanford.edu. For all other inquiries, please submit acontact form.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Job Code: 5794

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Grade: A16

  • Department URL: http://genetics.stanford.edu/

  • Requisition ID: 102896

  • Work Arrangement : On Site