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 Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery supports assay development, high-throughput screening, detailed in vitro pharmacological analysis of ligands, as well as in vivo evaluation of pharmacokinetic and behavioral pharmacology properties with the goal of developing therapeutics, specifically 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under supervision, provides support for in vitro pharmacological experiments such as concentration-response curves, binding assays and mRNA and protein expression analysis.
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
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or a related field of study from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary
Job responsibilities listed herein are intended to be a thorough representation of the duties, responsibilities, expectations, and qualifications for this specific
role at the time of hire but should not be considered all-encompassing as actual responsibilities may evolve to include additional duties as assigned based on
organizational and operational needs.
At least one year of laboratory experience is strongly preferred
Basic molecular biology techniques (tissue culture, PCR, western blotting) or experience in laboratory engineering are 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
Internal Number: 1902207
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