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Vanderbilt University Research Assistant I, Cell and Developmental Biology in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant I, Cell and Developmental Biology (Job Number: 2001039)


The RA I position is part of the research group of Dr. Guoqiang Gu in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine. This RA I will be responsible for conducting basic research in the field of diabetes. Reporting directly to, and under the supervision of, Dr. Gu and lab manager Ruiying Hu, the RA I is expected to perform basic procedures in molecular biological, cell biological, and physiological studies primarily in mouse models. The specific roles of this position include: basic DNA cloning, cell culture, mouse handling/genotyping, tissue fixation, sectioning, and immuno-assays. The RA I is expected to be able to prepare some basic solutions/reagents for regular lab operation. He/she is expected to accurately observe, record, and then report the findings to Dr. Gu and/or manager Hu. Motivations to move up to higher level of moreindependent projects is also expected.

The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment for cuttingedge research over a scale that spans seven powers of ten, from single molecules to whole organisms. The difference between a test tube and a cell is spatio-temporal organization, and we study molecular, cellular and tissue organization in many of the laboratories within our department, seeking insights into fundamental biological questions and human disease. We are an interactive and highly collaborative department, with a strong graduate student association, outstanding core facilities, a top- ranked developmental biology program, and exceptionally strong faculty. Recent faculty recruits are studying cell migration using super-resolution microscopy, single molecule analysis of microtubule dynamics, systems biology of intestinal epithelia, stem cell biology, and the regulation of plasma membrane composition and ageing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under minimal-to-moderate supervision of Dr. Gu and/or Hu, this RA is expected to:

  • Prepare buffer/working solutions with proper concentrations and pH for routine lab operation.

  • Maintain routine cell cultures and help with DNA plasmid construction and preparation.

  • Manage multiple mouse lines to obtain mice with desired genotypes. These include intercross monitoring, genotyping, and diabetes assays. It is expected that this RA will be able to accurately document/report findings to his/her supervisors.

  • Perform mouse euthanasia followed by tissue collection and gene expression assays. These include RNA-based assays and immunoassays, involving RNA preparation/RT-PCR and tissue fixation/section followed by immunoassays, respectively. The RA is expected to learn PCR and imaging techniques (mostly microscopic) to accurately document results.

Additionally, the person holding this position is expected to handle multiple tasks and be able to work with different personnel in the laboratory.

  • A BA/BS or equivalent degree in biology is necessary.

  • The ability to handle multiple tasks is preferred.

  • Specific experience working with mice is strongly preferred.

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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.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 18230 - Cell and Developmental Biology

Job: Research / Lab Tech / Paraprofessional

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