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JOB SUMMARY: Perform under minimal supervision a wide variety of complex tasks requiring practical understanding of scientific techniques and advanced knowledge of scientific theory.
Our research group employs cellular and mouse models to study basic mechanisms that promote susceptibility to atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Currently, we are using molecular, biochemical, and functional approaches, including quantitative immunohistochemistry, in mouse models of human disease to investigate the role of reactive lipid mediators and protein oligomers in the arrhythmia substrate. We are seeking an advanced Research Assistant with prior experience in standard molecular biology, biochemical, and imaging methods and a history of job stability to join our team.
Under minimal supervision, plan, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays of varying complexity.
Plan and coordinate experiments in conjunction with Principal Investigator (PI).
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.
Recommend equipment and supplies needed for research projects.
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.
Assist PI in modifying procedures and techniques.
Recognize problems and suggest solutions, assist in modifications.
Recommend improvements to established techniques and/or protocols.
Maintain personal knowledge of scientific trends through literature reviews, attendance at meetings, conferences and seminars.
Provide appropriate written/oral documentation of experiments
Prepare research progress reports.
Analyze and summarize test results.
Preparation and oral presentation of data as required
Assist in the effective operation of the laboratory.
Train other employees.
Supervise projects and/or personnel.
Individuals who apply should be capable of following through on lists of assigned tasks, self-starters with an orientation for details and capable of keeping meticulous records. Candidates should already have broad computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, and statistical analysis, as well as use of Internet for literature and protocol identification. The successful candidate will be a responsible, hard-working and organized individual with good communication skills and careful attention to detail. Prior experience in the requisite experimental techniques is strongly preferred.
The person holding this position will be responsible for performing a variety of experiments within a dynamic and interactive environment. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
- Under minimal supervision: understand and follow established protocols, set up and conduct experiments, record data and communicate results to project leader; compile results into data summaries and draft figures; develop and optimize new methods based on literature review.
- Shared participation in laboratory operation and inventory is expected such as stocking lab supplies, preparing reagents and buffers for general lab use, performing chemical and radioactive waste disposal, and performing minor repairs on small equipment or arranging for repairs of essential lab equipment.
- Perform calculations involving molarities, % solutions, serial dilutions, and statistical analysis of experimental results.
- Perform quantitative immunohistochemistry using established methods, as well as confocal microscopy imaging and data analysis.
- Perform flow cytometry experiments using atrial cardiomyocytes and maintain cell cultures.
- Recognize experimental problems and optimization of protocols as needed.
- Provide support for maintenance of mouse breeding colonies, including DNA isolation and genotyping.
- Prepare data summaries for regular lab meetings and quarterly grant progress reports.
- Assist in the training of students and other lab members, and supervise their activities.
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 ), 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
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