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

Research Assistant I (Term) (Job Number: 1900525)


The Research Assistant I (Term) is involved in analyzing the pharmacological activity of compounds developed within the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD). The principal function of this position is to provide support for ongoing research efforts related to neurological and psychiatric diseases. This position reports directly to the Principal Investigator.

The Pharmacology team within the VCNDD supports assay development, high-throughput screening, detailed in vitro pharmacological analysis of ligands, as well as in vivo evaluation of pharmacokinetic and behavioral pharmacology properties with the goal of developing therapeutics, specifically for central nervous system disorders. Successful candidates for this position will interface with members among all areas of the VCNDD, including those in molecular pharmacology, chemistry, in vitro and in vivo drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, and in vivo pharmacology.

This is a full-time, non-exempt term position lasting six months up to one year.

KeyFunctions and Expected Performance:

§ Under supervision, assists with in vivo evaluation of pharmacokinetic and behavioral effects of VCNDD-developed compounds in rodents, and maintain and genotype mouse colonies

§ Maintains, troubleshoots, and optimizes efforts to improve laboratory equipment use and automation.

§ Assists with instrumentation needs

§ Analyzes results using computer-aided data analysis software

§ Maintains accurate databases and experimental notebooks of results

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

§ Assists with general laboratory operation and inventory


This position does not have supervisory responsibility; this position reports to the Principal Investigator

Educationand Certifications:

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

Experienceand Skills:

§ At least one year of laboratory experience is strongly preferred

§ Previous scientific work with rodents is strongly preferred

§ Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, particularly Microsoft Excel, are strongly preferred, as are basic computer programming skills

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

§ Attention to detail is necessary

§ Team player is necessary


A Term position is a staff position that exists for aperiod longer than six months but is not expected to last beyond one year.Although a position may exist for a specified or indefinite period, staff whoaccept term positions are not guaranteed employment for the entire period; theyare employed for indefinite periods within the limit of the appointment. Thereare no guarantees of continued employment, either within the term or when theterm ends.

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.

AboutVanderbilt 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 2018 (Forbes).

Commitmentto 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: 18340 - Drug Discovery

Job: Limited Term Positions

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