Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Asst I-PMI in Nashville, Tennessee


A research laboratory has an immediate opening for a

Research Assistant I position. The laboratory's primary focus is characterizing the pathogenesis of thyroid neoplasia to improve both diagnostics and therapeutics.

The candidate must have demonstrated experience in cell culture and molecular biology techniques. The applicant must be willing to work with primary human tissue. Finally the candidate must be self-motivated with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.


  • Under direct supervision collect and study primary human tissue

  • Perform PCR , qRT-PCR and NGS under direct supervision

  • Read and follow all experimental protocols and accurately document all laboratory activities

  • Order laboratory reagents and maintain laboratory equipment

  • Maintain chemical and biological inventory

  • Maintain safety documentation

  • Relate data to the PI in written, graphical and oral communications

Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and < 1 year experience

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

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: Crawling:Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

  • 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.

  • Occasional: 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.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

  • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

  • Occasional: Radiation: May be exposed to occupational radiation, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Radiation Safety Program which includes training, use of personal protective equipment with lead shielding, and personal dose monitoring.

  • Occasional: Climate: Ability to withstand exposure to atmospheric extremes including heat, cold, humidity, and barometric pressure changes.

Job Research

Organization: PMI Molecular Pathogenesis 104506

Title: Research Asst I-PMI

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)

Requisition ID: 1810708

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