Vanderbilt University Research Assistant II (Chemistry) in Nashville, Tennessee
Research Assistant II (Chemistry) (Job Number: 1801921)
A Research Assistant II position is open to provide support to the Meiler Lab. The role will perform administrative, research and technical duties of the laboratory. Primary responsibility will be production of recombinant proteins for study by NMR, X-ray Crystallography and a variety of biophysical methods. The individual will work closely with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and laboratory manager in a dynamic laboratory environment. The ability to function independently as well as part of a team is critical. Excellent organizational and communications skills (both verbal and written) are essential, as is attention to detail.
Research in the Meiler laboratory seeks to fuse computational and experimental efforts to investigate proteins, the fundamental molecules of biology, and their interactions with small molecule substrates, therapeutics, or probes. We develop computational methods with three major ambitions in mind. To enable protein structure elucidation of membrane proteins the primary target of most therapeutics and large macromolecular complexes such as viruses; B) Design proteins with novel structure and/or function to explore novel approaches to protein therapeutics and deepen our understanding of protein folding pathways. C) Understand the relation between chemical structure and biological activity quantitatively in order to design more efficient and more specific drugs. Crucial for our success is the experimental validation of our computational approaches which we pursue in our laboratory or in collaboration with other scientists.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist in Research and Development
Preparation of buffers andreagents
Production of vectors forprotein expression
Bacterial overexpression ofprotein
Writing and updating laboratoryprotocols as needed
Perform, interpret and evaluateresearch
Perform test experimentprocedures relating to laboratory activities
Assemble and compile researchdata for presentation and/or publication
Assist in collaborative effortswith other institutions and/or industry
Maintenance of laboratoryequipment
Shipment of purifiedproteins to collaborators
Proper storage and maintenanceof protein stocks
Participate in weekly andbimonthly meetings to discuss project progress
Other tasks as directed bysupervisor
Ensure the most effective operationof the laboratory
Maintain procedures manual
Maintain chemical inventory
Maintain an inventory ofsupplies
Anticipate the laboratory needsand order supplies for on-going and future experiments
Negotiate pricing for sales andservice of equipment, supplies, and contracts
Update laboratory programwebsite using existing platforms
Ensure website contains currentinformation
Perform administrative duties
Prepare lab calendar - respondto requests of students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, update list ofseminars as announce.
Reservations of various meetingrooms
Coordinate guest visitsincluding itineraries
Flexibility to completenon-routine assignments
Assist laboratory manager inadministrative aspects of the Rosetta Workshop
Profile of an IdealCandidate:
A Bachelor's degree inChemistry or other related science field from an accredited institution ofhigher education and 2 years of experience or the equivalent isnecessary.
Experience working in aresearch lab
Experience working withstudents and faculty
Experience in E. colitransformation, protein expression and automated chromatographic methodsis desired
Experience in flow cytometry
Molecular biology experience ispreferred
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.
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and staff 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.”
Vanderbilt University is an equalopportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people withdisabilities 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