Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Asst I in Nashville, Tennessee
An experimental biology research laboratory has an opening for a Research Assistant I. The lab is primarily focused on studying the signaling networks that regulate immune responses. The preferred candidate will have a strong understanding and at least basic skills in molecular biology techniques, specifically PCR, as well as be willing to work with mice. For success within the lab, we are seeking a responsible, highly motivated self-starter with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work well in a team environment. meticulous compliance with set procedures is a must, and a capacity to identify problems and propose potential solutions to them is a major plus.
EXPECTED JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist in mouse colony maintenance
Under direct supervision carry out experiments to advance projects
Read and follow established protocols
Assist with general lab maintenance, including but not limited to freezer maintenance, inventory and ordering of supplies
Report data and findings to a direct experimental liaison/senior lab person in written reports and verbally, along with possible oral presentations during weekly lab group meetings and regular (every 2-3 wks) progress meetings with the lab head.
Minimum of a B.A. or B.S. in biology or related science.
Solid foundation and experience with PCR
Willing to work with animals
Strong skills in MS Excel and MS Word
Experience with mouse models of allergic lung inflammation and /or flow cytometric analyses of immune cells is a plus.
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.
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.
Organization: PMI Molecular Pathogenesis 104506
Title: Research Asst I
Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)
Requisition ID: 1805925
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.