Vanderbilt University Medical Center Staff Scientist in Nashville, Tennessee

This is a full-time/exempt term position lasting six months to one year.

Staff Scientist - Term Position

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Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

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Department/Unit Summary

The 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.


  • Assist the Principal Investigator with grant and manuscript preparation

  • Independently carry out and design highly sophisticated and independent experiments

  • Mentor and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in developing their research projects

  • Project will cover the fields of Cancer Biology, Immunology and Microbiology

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Background in Cancer Biology, Immunology and/or Microbiology

  • Basic Molecular biology skills

  • Experience in PCR and genetic analysis, protein purification and handling.

  • Experience with tissue culture assays.

  • A background with animal models would be beneficial.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate/PhD (or equivalent experience) and 2 years 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



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.

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

Job Research

Organization: PMI Molecular Pathogenesis 104506

Title: Staff Scientist

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

Requisition ID: 1804285