The Plate lab is seeking a talented and motivated Research Assistant I to join our team. We are a multidisciplinary research group using chemical biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and proteomics approaches to understand the coordination of protein interactions. We are interested in studying fundamental mechanisms of cellular protein quality control, the molecular basis of human protein misfolding diseases and new chemical biology approaches to treat these defects. The successful applicant must be self-motivated, extremely well organized, and able to communicate clearly. Previous research experience and college-level courses in biochemistry, chemical biology, and bioanalytical chemistry are strongly preferred. Experience with relevant techniques, in particular knowledge of basic principles of mass spectrometry, is advantageous but not required.
We are a young and vibrant research team dedicated to understanding fundamental biological processes. We offer a highly collaborative, supportive, and inclusive work environment. This position would be a wonderful opportunity for a recent graduate to gain further research experience prior to pursuing a graduate degree. We will, however, consider highly motivated applicants at all levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to on-going research projects under moderative supervision and work collaboratively as part of a team.
After an initial training period, work autonomously on your own project to drive the research mission of the lab.
Culture mammalian cell lines and maintain stocks
Order and receive laboratory supplies
Perform routine lab maintenance duties, such as preparing stock reagents solutions, maintain general laboratory equipment, autoclaving material, maintaining inventories, etc.
Follow University safety protocols
A Bachelor's degree in the field of Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, or Chemistry is necessary .
Prior experience performing laboratory research is necessary .
Experience with basic molecular biology and biochemistry techniques (PCR, Western blotting, immunoprecipitation), and the ability to perform basic lab calculations (buffer concentrations, dilutions, etc.) is required.
Experience working with human cell culture is preferred .
Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and organization are required .
Ability to work with others in a mutually respectful environment that values honesty, integrity, and accountability is necessary .
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000245
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