Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Asst I in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant I (PMI Molecular Pathogenesis)

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Department/Unit Summary

T he Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt has a long and rich history of excellence in teaching, clinical service, and research. We are highly regarded for our medical school teaching. Our residents have ample opportunities to develop their teaching skills in the medical school, the medical technology program, and the Belmont University physical therapy program.

Opportunities abound for upper level students to participate in the diagnostic and investigative activities of this department. We offer a post-sophomore year fellowship in pathology for highly motivated medical students who wish to explore pathology in even greater depth.

Our Ph.D. programs in Cellular and Molecular Pathology and Microbiology and Immunology are thriving . Our collaborative efforts in personalized medicine in cancer, pharmacogenomics and the creation of Diagnostic Management Teams are at the “leading edge” of a revolution in the practice of pathology. The department lives and breathes our mantra that we are a “laboratory of the whole” for defining the future of pathology.


A Research lab at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology is seeking a Research Assistant for studies on the regulation and role of the immune system an genetics of immunological diseases.


  • Organize and maintain a significant portion of the laboratory's animal colony, including genotyping and detailed record keeping

  • Plan and incorporate routine controls in basic experiments

  • Ensure the laboratory is organized and supplied for experiments

  • Provide general laboratory maintenance and support

  • Order regeants and supplies

  • Run advanced-level experiments and assays (examples: flow cytometry,

  • T cell isolation, culture, and activation, metabolic assays) initially with guidance and teaching, but later with independence.

  • Accurate and prompt record keeping is essential.


This position requires a self-starter with a background in biology or chemistry.

Also required are excellent communication(written and oral reports to the lab head and lab group). The applicant should be detail-oriented, able to maintain a high quality of record keeping including ongoing maintenance of a well-structured lab notebook, have excellent organizational skills, drive, and ability to set an effective and productive agenda after guidance. * Laboratory Experience is Preferred, although essential techniques will be taught. *

*Position Benefits*

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides its faculty and staff members with a benefits package that is comprehensive and flexible. Components for benefits-eligible employees include:

  • PTO

  • Health Plan

  • Parental Leave

  • Life Insurance

  • Retirement

  • Short-Term Disability

  • Long-term Disability

  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)

  • Dental Insurance

  • Group Discounts

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

  • Vision

Minimum Qualifications Required

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

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 ), 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


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: PMI Molecular Pathogenesis 104506

Title: Research Asst I

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

Requisition ID: 1804066