Research Assistant II (VUMC Department of Surgery)
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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.
The Department of Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine was founded in 1925 and is the product of a long tradition of surgical innovation. As an academic clinical department, our mission is to provide the finest quality care to patients, educate the next generation of surgeons, and produce solutions to surgical problems that change practice.
We are comprised of 129 full-time clinical and 33 research faculty, 95 residents and fellows, and more than 40 staff. The department provides services to distinct but geographically close hospitals including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Saint Thomas Hospital, and Williamson Medical Center.
In addition, the Department supports meaningful collaborations with some of the worlds foremost outcomes, global health, and health services researchers. In addition, relationships with our School of Engineering through the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgical Engineering (VISE) support joint efforts to address problems relevant to surgery.
JOB SUMMARY: Under moderate 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.
Under moderate supervision, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays
Understand and follow experimental protocols (may include animal handling, tissue culture, etc.)
Record, compile, interpret, and communicate data/results
Follow University safety protocols (may include use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogens)
Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions
Prepare, operate and troubleshoot equipment in experimental procedures
Read and follow all equipment manuals
Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and University guidelines
Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments
Maintain sterile conditions as required
Demonstrate an understanding of acceptable procedures and techniques
Recognize problems and suggest solutions
Assist in modifications as directed
Provide appropriate written documentation of experiments
Prepare preliminary research progress reports
Summarize test results appropriately
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:
Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
**Minimum Qualifications for Consideration**
BaBachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience
Preferred Skills and Experiences:
1. Experience is preferred in three of the following categories: molecular techniques (western blots, immunoprecipitation, RT-PCR, cloning); tissue culture (transfection, isolation and/or maintenance of primary endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells, and fibroblasts); cell-based assays using fluorescence and luminescence (apoptosis, proliferation, calcium flux); and/or microscopy (immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry; light, fluorescence & confocal microscopy)
2. Eligibility to work with animal and human subjects are necessary.
3. Preferred candidate will have experience in muscle bath assessment of vascular reactivity.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.
Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disea...se.
As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.
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