Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Asst I, Core in Nashville, Tennessee

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JOB SUMMARY:

The Core Research Assistant I performs intake services for the scientific research core facility. Under supervision, set up, conduct experiments, and continue research projects following protocols including the appropriate recording of data and reporting of standard or variant results. Assist in other laboratory and research functions.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under supervision, run experiments, assays, and record results

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

  • Compile and communicate results to supervisor

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

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

  • Prepare and operate equipment in experimental procedures

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

  • Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and university guidelines.

  • Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments

  • Maintain inventories

  • Maintain sterile conditions as required

  • Prepare reagents

  • Clean equipment

  • Performs intake functions for the core laboratory.

  • Receive and log sample or request for services

  • Provide core lab services information to individuals utilizing the core including: minimum requirements for services, cost, etc.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

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 ( Bill Wilkerson Center at http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/billwilkerson/ ), 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 Tennessee

  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

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

Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and < 1 year experience.

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

Movement

  • 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.

Sensory

  • 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

Job Research

Organization: Cardiovascular Medicine 104333

Title: Research Asst I, Core

Location: TN-Nashville-Preston Cancer Research Building

Requisition ID: 1805990