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Life Sciences Research Associate – Cardiovascular Research

Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) supports the nation's second largest research program in the VA system and has a career opportunity for a Research Associate to conduct in vitro and in vivo/ex vivo studies investigating the pathophysiology of aortic aneurysm, and in particular the transgenerational impacts of nicotine and vaping on vascular risk.
The Research Associate will work with two talented medical scientists and Principal Investigators - Phil Tsao, Ph.D., Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University, and Josh Spin, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University.

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The Research Associate will perform animal breeding, treatment, microsurgery, and imaging, as well as cellular and molecular biology studies and assays including, for example, cell culture and transfections, qRT-PCR, RNA, and DNA isolation and preparation, ELISAs, tissue histology and microscopy.

This is a full-time position located in Palo Alto, CA.


PAVIR is delighted to offer a robust and comprehensive employee benefits package with exceptional offerings such as health, dental and vision insurance, 14 paid holidays, generous vacation and sick pay policies, a 401(k) with a fully vested 6% company match and 3% profit share, a wellness program, commuter benefits, and professional development training. Plus, we pay for life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance.


Conduct experiments using cellular and molecular biology techniques and assays, including cell culture and transfections, qRT-PCR, RNA, and DNA isolation and preparation, ELISAs, tissue histology and microscopy, etc.;

Perform animal treatment, microsurgery, and imaging, as well as animal breeding;

Conduct minor rodent surgeries, including pump implantation;

Collect and analyze data for study/program;

Write up data for presentations, papers, and grant proposals.


Bachelor's degree is required. Master's degree in medical sciences, molecular biology, cell biology, or related field preferred;

Cell culture experience;

Animal handling experience, specifically working with mice;

2+ years of related research experience in vascular biology desired;

Wet-bench experience in cellular and molecular biology assays and protocols;

Microsurgical training and experience desired;

Ability to work independently and within a team context;

Effective communication skills (written and verbal), including public speaking skills;

Excellent organization skills and attention to detail;

Proven technical and analytical skills;

Ability to troubleshoot an experiment as necessary;

Proficiency with a computer;

Knowledge of math and statistics; Experience with PRISM and Excel preferred.

Environmental Conditions: Exposure to wet lab environment, bloodborne pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals or reagents.


PAVIR facilitates research and education activities conducted at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. At PAVIR we work with more than 160 uniquely talented medical scientists. We recruit and retain talented employees who believe in making a difference in the lives of others through innovative health research.

PAVIR is a nonprofit foundation affiliated with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). As a condition of employment, all PAVIR employees are required to have an approved appointment with VAPAHCS and complete a background check before they can commence work.

PAVIR is pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans, and Individuals with a Disability are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, please contact - Human Resources department.

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