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Vanderbilt University Research Assistant III - Physics and Astronomy in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant III - Physics and Astronomy (Job Number: 1900377)


The Research Assistant III is part of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for supporting the research projects of the Vanderbilt Automated Micro-Organ Systems (AMOS) Core operated by the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE). This position plays an important role in VIIBRE's interdisciplinary research in the biophysical sciences, bioengineering, and medicine. Reporting directly to the Director of the Automated Micro-Organ Systems Core, the Research Assistant III supports the research of numerous collaborators in VIIBRE projects funded by grants and contracts to Dr. John P. Wikswo and that of researchers who commission organ-chip assays by the AMOS Core. This position does not have supervisory responsibility Click or tap here to enter text.; this position reports administratively to Dr. John P. Wikswo, Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education and functionally to Dr. Jacquelyn A. Brown, Director, Automated Micro-Organ Systems Core.

The Research Assistant III will culture and maintain primary and induced pluripotent stem cells, assist in the fabrication of microbioreactors, analyze experimental results, and help to prepare a variety of reports and records of AMOS research activities. Other responsibilities include maintaining supply inventories and assisting in the general operations of the AMOS laboratory. Successful execution of these duties is critical to the research aims of multiple investigators at Vanderbilt and collaborating institutions, and a high level of performance is expected.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University combines the friendly and supportive atmosphere of a liberal arts college with the excitement and challenge of forefront research. These research programs are at the cutting edge of traditional areas of physics as well as being a major contributor to contemporary interdisciplinary institutions and centers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain primary and inducedpluripotent stem cell lines

  • Assist in the production ofmicrodevices such as the NeuroVascular Unit and bubble traps

  • Report results usingcomputer-aided data analysis software

  • Assist in protocol development

  • Assist in the assessment ofinstrument needs and procurement

  • Communicate in a timely fashionwith teams of multidisciplinary scientists and engineers at Vanderbilt andcollaborating institutions

  • Help maintain inventory

  • Troubleshoot and maintainlaboratory equipment

  • Assist in training graduatestudents and other research personnel

Profile of an IdealCandidate

  • Bachelor's degree in biology,chemistry, or a related field from an accredited institution of highereducation is required.

  • At least three years oflaboratory experience.

  • Previous cell cultureexperience.

  • Excellent oral and writtencommunication skills.

  • Strong time management skillsand attention to detail.

  • Experience in basic molecularbiology techniques (tissue culture, PCR, western blotting) or experiencein laboratory engineering.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Officeprograms, especially Microsoft Excel, and basic computer programmingskills.

  • Enjoys working bothindependently and in a team.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and 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 at 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 Benefits

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 at .

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: 12560 - Physics and Astronomy

Job: Research / Lab Tech / Paraprofessional

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