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Vanderbilt University Research Assistant II, Pharmacology in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant II, Pharmacology (Job Number: 2001043)


The Research Assistant II is part of the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for basic laboratory duties including preparation of reagents/buffers and general laboratory organization. This position will also assist other laboratory personnel performing standard laboratory techniques. Reporting will be directly to the Principal Investigator

The Department of Pharmacology is seeking a Research Assistant I to assist Dr. Professor Spiller in his laboratory. The Spiller lab is a structural biology lab focused on infectious disease and the host’s immune response. The successful applicant will work as a team member to assist Dr. Spiller with protein expression and purification. The candidate will be expected to interact professionally with other lab members. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in some of the following responsibilities.

Duties and responsibilities

  • The purpose of this position is to provide support for a research laboratory. The Research Assistant I will work closely with the Principal Investigator to maintain organization and efficient functioning of the laboratory.

  • Phage display

  • Design and create new protein constructs

  • Optimize protein expression of new protein constructs

  • Design and carry out experiments on the basis of discussed plans with Principal Investigator

  • Analyze chromatography experiments

  • Design and carry out crystallization trials following discussions with the Principal Investigator or other lab members

  • Respond to problems with major items of equipment within the la

  • Monitor performance of major equipment

  • Order parts and fix equipment if necessary

  • Contact outside service representatives and coordinate repairs when in-house repairs are not possible

  • Maintain inventory of required chemicals and other reagents

  • Identify commercial suppliers for new reagents

  • Place and track orders for lab

  • Reconcile orders as needed

  • Follow University safety protocols

  • Perform some dishwashing and autoclaving

  • Bachelor’s degree (or anticipated degree this year) in Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field

  • Excellent organization and communication skills.

  • Highly motivated and goal-oriented.

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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: 18360 - Pharmacology

Job: Research / Lab Tech / Paraprofessional

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