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Vanderbilt University Research Assistant II, Chemistry (Full-Time,Term) in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant II, Chemistry (Full-Time,Term) (Job Number: 2001023)


This is a full-time, term position.

The Research Technician II (TERM APPOINTMENT – 12 months) is part of the Department of Chemistry – RASR Laboratory at Vanderbilt University. The successful candidate will join an innovative NIH funded research environment focusing on using innovative analytical technologies to study disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Research Technician II works independently on research projects as assigned and is responsible for various aspects of projects from development through delivery. The Research Technician II sets up and operates laboratory equipment, prepares materials, performs experimental procedures, records and consolidates research data, and executes planned research activities using observation, measurement, and analytical techniques. Based on his/her analyses, the Research Technician II prepares reports and presentations of results obtained through experiments. The Research Technician II helps to assure the validity of research conducted by ensuring the optimal condition of scientific equipment through maintenance, operation, and management.

RASR Laboratory is proud to be a diverse group of scientists with backgrounds in chemistry, biology, and neuroscience amongst other disciplines across the campus of Vanderbilt University. We are a bioanalytical group interested in understanding mechanisms about aging and age-related diseases using mass spectrometry and proteomics techniques. Our team is comprised of our Principal Investigator (PI), group administrator, and a dynamic team of professional and student trainees.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts multiple aspects of advanced research experiments independently with minimal supervision in collaboration with RASR Laboratory research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, research professors, associated faculty, and students.

  • Utilizes advanced knowledge of specific scientific protocols to analyze, interpret, and/or make recommendations based on data obtained through scientific experimentation. Assists in research design.

  • Operates, manages, and maintains scientific equipment to ensure optimal conditions to assure validity of data obtained through experimentation.

  • Collaborates on research projects as assigned that require novel or unique solutions involving new or emerging technology, the evaluation of alternatives and the development of experimental or design plans, making innovative as well as basic measurements, setting up advanced experimental protocols, and/or modifying equipment to obtain unique results .

  • Maintains accurate records of experiments and analysis performed based on specific experiments for a given project, conducts literature searches, and maintains an up-to-date knowledge of all current methods of experimentation through professional reading assignments.

  • Writes reports and presents data based on findings from experiments conducted for assigned projects including standard operating procedures.

  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contact with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.

  • Contributes to the overall success of RASR Laboratory by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned, e.g. stocking, assistance with maintaining safe and clean environment, and data backup and storage.

  • Engage in outreach and other community engagement activities.

NOTE: A Term position is a staff position that exists for a period 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 who accept term positions are not guaranteed employment for the entire period; they are employed for indefinite periods within the limit of the appointment. There are no guarantees of continued employment, either within the term or when the term ends.

  • B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or other Applied Science is required.

  • Two years of experience in a research lab environment is required. Experience in mass spectrometry and/or proteomics is preferred.

  • Must be able to demonstrate state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in sample preparation of various biological samples, and with mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography, proteomics, and pipetting.

  • The ability to work independently with minimal supervision on assigned research projects is required.

  • Must be able to maintain, manage, and repair scientific equipment.

  • A basic knowledge of Microsoft-based computer programs including some scientific, graphic, and statistical software is required as well as proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Effective interpersonal skills are required.

  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

  • Occasional lifting and carrying of materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds.

  • This position is designated “sensitive” as defined by University policy. This position may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations.

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.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 12520 - Chemistry

Job: Research / Lab Tech / Paraprofessional

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action