Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Assistant I Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, Tennessee

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At the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, we strive to make life better for adults and children with eye conditions including glaucoma, vision loss and diseases of the retina. We treat patients from across Tennessee and the Southeast. Our doctors, researchers and support staff use the latest technologies and methods, and we conduct vital vision research that translates to better treatments.

The Vanderbilt Eye Institute is a leader in quality eye care. We offer the latest technologies and methods while conducting innovative research to improve patients' lives and prevent vision loss.

We work hard eachday because your eyes are important to us.

The Vanderbilt Eye Institute attracts some of the most talented doctors and researchers in the country. Our subspecialty ophthalmologists have completed a minimum of one year of fellowship training after residency and are board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Vanderbilt Eye Institute's award-winning research staff collaborates with our doctors as well as other Vanderbilt departments to pursue discoveries that enhance the vision of patients everywhere.

Shift Hours:


Your Role:

Provide, under direct supervision, support for specified research projects; collect, assess, and communicate data/results. Assist in general laboratory operation and inventory.

Key Responsibilities :

  • Under supervision, run experiments, assays, and recordresults

  • Read and follow experimental protocols (May includeanimal handling, tissue culture, etc.)

  • Compile and communicate results to supervisor

  • Follow University safety protocols (may include use ofcombustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogenics)

  • Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions,and serial dilutions

  • Prepare and operate equipment in experimentalprocedures

  • May include blood gas analyzer, centrifuge, pH meter,spectrophotometer, autoclave, scintillation counter, electrophoresis unit,analytical balance, etc.

  • Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturerand university guidelines.

  • Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments

  • Maintain inventories,

  • Maintain sterile conditions as required

  • Prepare reagents

  • Clean equipment.

Technical Capabilities:

Core Accountabilities: Needed to perform basic wet lab duties including, but not limited to intraocular pressure measurement, RT-PCR and real time PCR for genotyping, immunohistochemistry, tissue fixation and dissection. While prior experience with these techniques is not required, prior wet lab experience is preferred

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  • US News &World Report: #1 Hospitalin Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center at ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinicalspecialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

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  • The LeapfrogGroup: grade"A" in Hospital Safety Score

  • NationalInstitutes of Health: amongthe top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

  • MagnetRecognition Program: Vanderbiltnurses are the only group honored in Tennessee

  • Nashville BusinessJournal: MiddleTennessee's healthiest employer

  • American HospitalAssociation: amongthe 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US

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This position requires a Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and < 1 year experience.

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: Crawling:Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

  • 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.

  • Occasional: 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

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

  • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

  • Occasional: Radiation: May be exposed to occupational radiation, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Radiation Safety Program which includes training, use of personal protective equipment with lead shielding, and personal dose monitoring.

  • Occasional: Climate: Ability to withstand exposure to atmospheric extremes including heat, cold, humidity, and barometric pressure changes.

Job Research

Organization: Vanderbilt Eye Institute 104450

Title: Research Assistant I Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Research Bldg IV (MRB)

Requisition ID: 1802890