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Vanderbilt University Term Research Assistant I (Basic Sciences) in Franklin, Tennessee

Term Research Assistant I (Basic Sciences) (Job Number: 1900970)


The Research Assistant I is part of the Basic Sciences Pod 3 in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for setting up, conducting experiments, reporting data, and continuing research projects following protocols including the appropriate recording of data and reporting of standard or variant results. Assists in other laboratory and research functions. Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant I works with faculty, staff, and key internal/external stakeholders on a frequent basis. The Research Assistant will assist with a wide range of general laboratory tasks in a routine, efficient manner.

Every major advance in medicine starts with fundamental discoveries that teach us how living organisms work in both health and disease. These discoveries are made in biomedical sciences laboratories that study life at all levels from the individual molecules that encode heredity to the complex associations of cells that form tissues and organs. Vanderbilt Basic Sciences is a tightly integrated research and education division within the School of Medicine comprising four academic departments, eight interdisciplinary centers, twenty-seven service core facilities, and the Office of Biomedical Research, Education, and Training.

Our team of over 1000 faculty, fellows, students, and staff is making new discoveries every day - discoveries that enrich our understanding of biological processes and provide the foundation for new insights into the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Perform various assays to assess the physiochemical properties of small molecules using established SOPs.

  • Assist in compound management duties

  • Conduct or assist with a multitude of in vitro DMPK assays.

  • Prepare animal fluid/tissue samples for bioanalysis by LC/MS/MS in 96-well plates.

  • Operate and maintain high-throughput, semi-automated analytical instruments.

  • Periodically aliquot, label, and distribute liquid stocks of small molecule compounds.

  • Serve as logistical coordinator for shipping and receiving of compounds and samples.

  • Maintain up to date, accurate, and standardized records of experiments/assays.

  • Assist with general laboratory operations, including ordering supplies and consumables.

  • Perform other duties as assigned; assist DMPK lab members with miscellaneous tasks.

Job responsibilities listed herein are intended to be a thorough representation of the duties, responsibilities, expectations, and qualifications for this specific

role at the time of hire but should not be considered all-encompassing as actual responsibilities may evolve to include additional duties as assigned based on

organizational and operational needs.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is highly preferred.

  • At least two years of experience in a lab setting is preferred

  • Experience in a drug discovery research setting is preferred

  • Exceptional laboratory technique (highly accurate and efficient pipetting) is preferred

  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and quality control is preferred

  • Strong in basic math and common scientific unit conversions is preferred

  • Rapid and efficient communicator via email; works well in a team setting is preferred

  • Comfortable with close, safe handling of mammalian biological fluids/tissues is necessary

  • Prior experience with LC/MS instrumentation/bioanalysis is preferred

  • Prior experience with drug discovery and high-throughput automation is preferred

  • Familiarity with the basics of Microsoft Excel is preferred

  • Ability to clearly communicate research results, ideas, and concerns is preferred

About Vanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Franklin

Organization: 18340 - Drug Discovery

Job: Limited Term Positions

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