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Vanderbilt University Research Assistant I (Chemistry) in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant I (Chemistry) (Job Number: 1900508)


Microbial natural product discovery technician, performing under direction actinobacterial microbiology, various scales of shake flask fermentation, small molecule chromatography, and chemical structure elucidation. Under moderate supervision, set up, conduct experiments, and continue research projects following protocols including the appropriate recording of data and reporting of standard or variant results. Assist in other laboratory and research functions.

Chemistry is the intellectual home to over 250 students, post-docs, and faculty members working in a wide range of specializations, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of chemical biology, structural biology, molecular toxicology, materials chemistry, and nanotechnology. Close collaboration with the School of Medicine, School of Engineering and other departments within the College of Arts and Science-particularly the departments of biological sciences and physics--provides valuable opportunities to not only excel in the traditional disciplines of chemistry but also investigate the many ways that chemistry intersects with other fields.

The College of Arts and Science is the heart of Vanderbilt University. With over 50 different majors and minors, A&S is the largest, oldest, and most academically diverse school at Vanderbilt. A&S is a highly selective liberal arts college within a major research university. It seeks to attract a diverse student body of high promise and ability from across the United States and the world. Its mission is to engage in significant and innovative research, scholarship, and creative expression in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences; to offer distinguished, well-taught programs of undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences; and to foster service to society overall.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undersupervision, run experiments, assays, and record results

  • Read andfollow experimental protocols (May include animal handling, tissueculture, etc.)

  • Compile andcommunicate results to supervisor

  • FollowUniversity safety protocols (may include use of combustibles,radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogenics)

  • Performcalculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions

  • Prepare andoperate equipment in experimental procedures

  • May include,centrifuge, pH meter, spectrophotometer, autoclave, scintillationcounter, electrophoresis unit, analytical balance, etc.

  • Maintain andrepair equipment according to manufacturer and university guidelines.

  • Ensurelaboratory is prepared for experiments

  • Maintaininventories

  • Maintainsterile conditions as required

  • Preparereagents

  • Cleanequipment

  • Preparereagents

Profile of an IdealCandidate

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistryis necessary.

  • Some familiarity withchromatographic separations and analysis is necessary.

  • Experience with the preparationof buffers and microbial growth media, sterile technique is preferred.

  • Knowledge of molecularstructure and function of organic molecules is preferred.

  • Ability to search chemicalliterature databases is preferred.

  • Experience with chemicaldrawing software is preferred.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of 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. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, 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. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.

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-Nashville

Organization: 12520 - Chemistry

Job: Research / Lab Tech / Paraprofessional

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