The Research Assistant I is part of the WCNDD in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and is a key contributor responsible for plating and delivery of compounds for pharmacological assays. The position will also coordinate and prepare samples for advanced scientific molecular assays. The individual will assist in general laboratory and research functions, such as stocking lab supplies and keeping proper research documentation. Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant I works with faculty, staff, and key internal/external collaborations.
Every major advance in medicine starts with fundamental discoveries that teach us how living organisms work in both health and disease. These discoveries are made in biomedical sciences laboratories that study life at all levels from the individual molecules that encode heredity to the complex associations of cells that form tissues and organs. Vanderbilt Basic Sciences is a tightly integrated research and education division within the School of Medicine comprising four academic departments, eight interdisciplinary centers, twenty-seven service core facilities, and the Office of Biomedical Research, Education, and Training.
Our team of over 1000 faculty, fellows, students, and staff is making new discoveries every day - discoveries that enrich our understanding of biological processes and provide the foundation for new insights into the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.
Duties and Responsibilities
Preparation of samples may include daily aliquot, label, and distribute liquid stocks of small molecule compounds.
Dispense compounds in required containers (i.e. vials, 384-well plates, etc.)
Serve as logistical coordinator for shipping and receiving of compounds for pharmacology group.
Assist with general laboratory operations, including ordering supplies and consumables.
Exceptional laboratory technique (efficient pipetting and handling of solutions)
Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and quality control
Rapid and efficient communicator via email; works well in a team setting
Familiarity with the basics of Microsoft Excel
Ability to clearly communicate research results, ideas, and concerns
Prior experience with Dotmatics/Electronic database preferred
A Bachelor's degree in Science from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
Experience in a research lab and/or drug discovery research setting preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
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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: 10000261
About Vanderbilt University
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