The Research Specialist Position is part of the Basic Sciences Pod 3 in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and the ideal candidate for this position would be a key individual contributor responsible for designing, developing and conducting in vivo pharmacology experiments within the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD). The individual should have proficiency in in vivo rodent behavioral assays, drug formulation, and dosing protocols necessary for the administration and testing of novel compounds. This position requires excellent communication skills, including presenting verbal and written reports to the project team. The candidate will also assist with training of new lab members, contribute to writing and updating IACUC protocols, and preparing for and supervising inspections of in vivo lab space. Expertise in rodent surgical techniques and dissection is required, as well as meticulous notebook documentation and data dissemination to team members. The highly motivated scientist will be an integral part of the drug discovery team and be willing to assist in other responsibilities. Reporting to the Principal Investigator or project leader, the Research Specialist works with faculty, staff, and other members of the VCNDD (pharmacologists, DMPK members and behavioral scientists).
Every major advance in medicine starts with fundamental discoveries that teach us how living organisms work in both health and disease. These discoveries are made in biomedical sciences laboratories that study life at all levels from the individual molecules that encode heredity to the complex associations of cells that form tissues and organs. Vanderbilt Basic Sciences is a tightly integrated research and education division within the School of Medicine comprising four academic departments, eight interdisciplinary centers, twenty-seven service core facilities, and the Office of Biomedical Research, Education, and Training.
Our team of over 1000 faculty, fellows, students, and staff is making new discoveries every day - discoveries that enrich our understanding of biological processes and provide the foundation for new insights into the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under minimal supervision, plan, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays of varying complexity to examine the activity of novel compounds developed at VCNDD for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD, and other neurological and psychiatric conditions
Implement productive in vivo pharmacology protocols and techniques
Understand and follow experimental protocols for rodent behavioral studies and dosing of
Contribute to updating and maintaining animal protocols, interactions with the Division of Animal Care, and strict adherence to IACUC protocols.
Contribute to a fully functioning discovery team with strong communication skills
Be open to collaboration and interaction within the VCNDD team (DMPK, pharmacologists and behavioral scientists) and also other collaborators outside of VCNDD
Highly motivated individual with the ability to go above and beyond the job description to complete the task
Looks for opportunities to help others within the VCNDD (i.e. proactive)
The ideal candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, perform well in a highly functioning team environment, and be able to independently analyze and complete an array of analytical assays.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary
A degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or organic chemistry or similar field from an accredited institution of higher education is highly preferred.
Ability to work in a team-based organization is necessary.
Ability to clearly communicate research results, ideas, and concerns is necessary.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Job: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals
Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville
Organization: 18340 - Drug Discovery