University Jobs

Job Information

Vanderbilt University Research Assistant I (Term), Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery in Nashville, Tennessee

The Research Assistant I (Term) is involved in analyzing the pharmacological activity of compounds developed within the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (WCNDD). The principal function of this position is to provide support for ongoing in vivo research efforts related to neurological and psychiatric diseases. Successful candidates will collaborate with individuals involved in the WCNDD including molecular pharmacology, chemistry, in vitro and in vivo drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, and in vivo pharmacology.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under supervision, assists with in vivo evaluation of pharmacokinetic and behavioral effects of WCNDD-developed compounds

  • Performs animal husbandry, breeding, genotyping, and colony maintenance Performs laboratory techniques procedures required for experimental studies

  • Maintains, troubleshoots, and optimizes efforts to improve laboratory equipment use

  • Analyzes experimental results using computer-aided data analysis software and accurate documentation of results

  • Communicates results in a timely fashion to an integrated team of multidisciplinary scientists

  • Assists with general laboratory operation and inventory


  • A Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or a related field of study from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary

  • At least one year of laboratory experience is strongly preferred

  • Previous scientific work with rodents is strongly preferred

  • Basic computer programming skills, particularly Microsoft Office programs

  • Excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills are necessary

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to work in a team-setting

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.