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.


  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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.

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

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

Requisition ID: 1805925

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