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Vanderbilt University Laboratory Technician, Biomedical Engineering in Nashville, Tennessee

The Lab Technician is part of the Biomedical Engineering department at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for carrying out laboratory experiments in accordance with established protocols. This position handles laboratory animals, performs behavioral and cognitive training, collects experimental data, and maintains accurate records of animal health and procedures.

The Lab Technician will communicate effectively with other members of the lab and department. They will coordinate with members to carry out experimental procedures including animal training and data collection. They will administer medicines and monitor animal wellness. They will notify the Lab Manager when experimental equipment and supplies are needed. They will maintain daily animal records, personal training history, follow Standard Operating Procedures and perform duties as dictated by PI, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and veterinarian staff.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt is unique among biomedical engineering programs in its immediate proximity to the world class Vanderbilt Medical Center, located on our compact campus. Our School of Medicine is among the top ten in funding from the National Institutes of Health and includes a National Cancer Institute-recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center, a major children’s hospital, and a Level I trauma center. This proximity and the strong relationships among faculty across multiple schools stimulate high impact research and provide unique educational and research opportunities for students.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Completes animal handling and clearance requirements, as necessary.

  • Daily care of laboratory animals, including administration of medicine as directed by veterinary staff.

  • Able to perform behavioral training and data capture as outlined in the experiment and within stipulations of the IACUC protocol.

  • Prepare and assist with all procedures listed in the IACUC protocols.

  • Complete animal-associated paperwork in a timely and accurate fashion.

  • Maintain clear communication and establish trust with veterinary and care staff.

  • Understand protocols and follow guidelines consistently; seek help from other members when unsure of procedural details or best laboratory practices.

  • Understand the function of each procedure, with safe and efficient performance.

  • Request laboratory equipment and supplies as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree is necessary.

  • Courses in Animal Handling and Training is preferred.

  • Hands-on experience in behavioral training and procedures involving non-human primates is preferred.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

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

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.