Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Assistant I in Nashville, Tennessee

ResearchAssistant I

RequisitionNumber 1804992

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The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center specializes in ear,nose, and throat diseases, and communication disorders. In Hearing and Speech, we diagnose and treathearing, speech, language and cognitive problems that affect communication. Ourteam of more than 100 experts includes audiologists, speech-languagepathologists, teachers of the deaf, occupational therapists, physicaltherapists and social workers. We offer every patient compassionate,personalized care. In addition toclinical services, faculty members also perform research in audiology, speech languagepathology, and neuroscience. Formore information, please visit .

Your Role:

In your pivotal and rewarding role as Research Assistant I, you will collect data from animal models. Under direct supervision, you will collect, assess, and communicate data/results, as well as assist in general laboratory operation and inventory.


  • Undersupervision, run experiments, assays, and record results

  • Read andfollow experimental protocols (May include animal handling, tissueculture, etc.)

  • Compileand communicate results to supervisor

  • FollowUniversity safety protocols (may include use of combustibles,radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogenics)

  • Performcalculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions

  • Prepareand operate equipment in experimental procedures

  • Mayinclude blood gas analyzer, centrifuge, pH meter, spectrophotometer,autoclave, scintillation counter, electrophoresis unit, analyticalbalance, etc.

  • Maintainand repair equipment according to manufacturer and university guidelines.

  • EnsureLaboratory is prepared for experiments

  • Maintaininventories,

  • Maintainsterile conditions as required

  • Preparereagents

  • Cleanequipment.



· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; Master’s isacceptable


· Prior research experience

· Experience working with Animals and electrophysiology

· Some programming experience

· Experience working in a hearing lab (strong preferred)

Position Shift:

· This is a standard Monday-Friday position with regular, daytime hours but flexibility is required to work occasional weekend hours (minimal)

VUMC RecentAccomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

· US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( BillWilkerson Center at ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

· Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.

· Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"

· The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

· National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

· Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Middle Tennessee

· Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

· American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US


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: Hearing And Speech 104782

Title: Research Assistant I

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center East (MCE) - South Tower

Requisition ID: 1804992