Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Assistant III, Core in Nashville, Tennessee


The Core RA III oversees and executes Core Services workflows under the direction of the Core Manager and/or Director. This involves managing the service workflow and the personnel executing the workflow. Additionally, the Core RA III assists in the development and implementation of new core services. Under minimal supervision, set up, conduct experiments, and continue research projects following protocols including the appropriate recording of data and reporting of standard or variant results. Assist in other core laboratory and research functions, which may include utilizing the CORES system to document services provided and ensuring services are appropriately billed.


  • Under minimal supervision, plan, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays of varying complexity

  • Understand and follow experimental protocols

  • Record, compile, and report data

  • Analyze and interpret data

  • Interact with core clients in the planning and execution of experiments/core services, advising PI's as necessary

  • Troubleshoot protocols as necessary

  • Participate in beta-tests of new protocols and products as directed by the Core Manager and/or Director

  • Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments

  • Maintain inventories

  • Maintain sterile conditions as necessary

  • Prepare reagents

  • Clean equipment

  • Under the direction of the Core Manager and/or Director, oversee and execute the day to day core services workflow of the lab.

  • Responsible for providing training and oversight to staff

  • Assist in day to day problem solving, including prioritization of the services workflow

  • Assist in development and implementation of new core services

  • Assist with budgetary/cost accounting documentation

  • Maintains the instrument/equipment used for services provided by the core

  • Read and follow all equipment manuals

  • Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and University guidelines

  • Provide training to researchers in instrument/equipment operation.

  • Troubleshoots instrument/equipment problems

  • Recommend equipment needed for protocol improvement as needed

  • Develop usage protocols for new equipment acquired by the Core

  • May utilize CORES system for documenting services provided and to ensure services are appropriately billed to clients.

  • Accurately compile information for billing services as work is completed

  • Submit Invoices for services utilizing cores

  • Develop cost analysis/documentation of services as they are developed in the core

  • Assist in preparing Quotes based on experimental design of investigators

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Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 4 years experience.

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

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Organization: Diabetes Ctr 104223

Title: Research Assistant III, Core

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Research Bldg IV (MRB)

Requisition ID: 1900098

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