Research Assisant I (Allergy/Pulmonary)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN3.8

Research Assistant I
Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

Your Role:
Research assistant needed to join a laboratory that employs translational methods to study the lung via in-vivo, ex-vivo, and cellular techniques including multiple mouse models of disease. Our areas of interest include critical illness, sepsis, ICU delirium and long term cognitive outcomes, acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and lung transplantation. The position involves 50% effort on research in the area of brain dysfunction in critical illness and 50% effort on research in lung illness and injury. The main emphasis for both areas is measurement of biomarkers and development and validation of new assays as needed.

The applicant should also be able to provide, with supervision, support for all research enterprises including collection, assessment, and communication of data across the various models employed in the laboratory. They should also be equipped to assist with day-to-day lab operations including supply inventory.

This position requires a self-starter preferably with a background in biology or cell science. The applicant should be punctual, very organized, and detail-oriented in maintaining records and maintaining a lab notebook. The ability to effectively communicate with his/her direct supervisor, the laboratory directors, and other laboratory personnel is also required.

Skills that are helpful for this position include: pipetting skills, computer skills such as Excel, Word, Power Point, and some knowledge of statistics and graphing.

Key Functions:
1. Plan and perform routine basic experiments inclusive of controls

2. Ensure that laboratory is organized and supplies are available

3. Accurate, up-to-date record keeping

4. Maintain databases

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experience:
Job requires a bachelor’s degree. While some laboratory experience is preferred, it is not essential. Techniques will be taught as needed.

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Basic Qualifications

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

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.