Vanderbilt University Medical Center Lab Technician in Nashville, Tennessee

· This is a full-time/exemptterm position lasting six months to one year.


A team of microbiologists is seeking a part-time Laboratory Technician (20 hours/week) for a term position of up to one year. This individual will be involved in a novel translational project that brings together the resources/expertise of the clinical microbiology laboratory and more basic microbiologic investigation. He/she will perform laboratory protocols that include bacteriologic and fungal culture, along with nucleic acid manipulation. Previous hands-on experience with these techniques is highly desirable, and at least a theoretical background is required. The position will likewise entail data entry and analysis, so basic computational proficiency is necessary (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets.) A minimum of a bachelor's degree in the biological/life sciences (or an allied field) is required, as an appreciation of the distinct roles of (1) clinical and (2) research laboratories in microbiology. This position represents an opportunity to gain and apply skills that pertain to both environments, as well as be involved in academic publications. It is particularly well suited to someone who is pursuing a career in clinical laboratory science in an academic setting.


  • Previous coursework in microbiology and molecular biology

  • Word-processing and spreadsheet capability


  • Bachelor's degree in biological/life sciences (or allied field)

  • Previous laboratory experience in microbiology and molecular biology

  • Previous/ongoing coursework in clinical laboratory science


A Term position is a staff position that exists for aperiod 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 whoaccept term positions are not guaranteed employment for the entire period; theyare employed for indefinite periods within the limit of the appointment. Thereare no guarantees of continued employment, either within the term or when theterm ends.


High School Diploma and < 0 years of 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: 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.

  • Frequent: 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

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Organization: PMI Molecular Pathogenesis 104506

Title: Lab Technician

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

Requisition ID: 1807023