The Research Assistant I (Term) is involved in analyzing the pharmacological activity of compounds developed within the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD). The principal function of this position is to provide support for ongoing research efforts related to neurological and psychiatric diseases. This position reports directly to the Principal Investigator.
The Pharmacology team within the VCNDD supports assay in vivo evaluation of pharmacokinetic and behavioral pharmacology properties with the goal of developing therapeutics for central nervous system disorders. Successful candidates for this position will interface with members among all areas of the VCNDD, including those in molecular pharmacology, chemistry, in vitro and in vivo drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, and in vivo pharmacology.
A Term position is a staff full-time, non-exempt position that exists for a period longer than six months but is not expected to last beyond one year. Although a position may exist for a specified or indefinite period, staff who accept term positions are not guaranteed employment for the entire period; they are employed for indefinite periods within the limit of the appointment. There are no guarantees of continued employment, either within the term or when the term ends.
Key Functions and Expected Performance:
Under supervision, assists with in vivo evaluation of pharmacokinetic and behavioral effects of VCNDD-developed compounds in rodents, and maintain and genotype mouse colonies
Maintains, troubleshoots, and optimizes efforts to improve laboratory equipment use and automation.
Assists with instrumentation needs
Analyzes results using computer-aided data analysis software
Maintains accurate databases and experimental notebooks of results
Communicates results in a timely fashion to an integrated team of multidisciplinary scientists
Assists with general laboratory operation and inventory
Education and Certifications:
A Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or a related field of study from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary
At least one year of laboratory experience is strongly preferred
Previous scientific work with rodents is strongly preferred
Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, particularly Microsoft Excel, are strongly preferred, as are basic computer programming skills
Excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills are necessary
Attention to detail is necessary
Team player is necessary
About Vanderbilt Benefits
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.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the 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. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best Large Employers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).
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About Vanderbilt University
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