Provide, under direct supervision, support for specified research projects; collect, assess, and communicate data/results. Assist in general laboratory operation and inventory. This particular position will be in the area of translational microbiology, with efforts both in diagnostic and basic research laboratory environments. Efforts will be in support of the development of microbial biobank, as well as downstream research that stems from these biobanking activities. Routine activities will include culturing of organisms (bacteria, fungi); banking of these and other specimens; preparation of microbiology and molecular biology reagents; and assisting other lab members in the design and execution of experiments. Significant opportunities will exist for conducting research and participate in the preparation and publication of data.
The Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt has a long and rich history of excellence in teaching, clinical service, and research. 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. We are committed to taking a leadership role in both basic and translational research in these areas of focus
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* Under supervision, run experiments, assays, and record results
* Read and follow experimental protocols (May include animal handling, tissue culture, etc.)
* Compile and communicate results to supervisor
* Follow University safety protocols (may include use of biohazards, combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogenics)
* Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions
* Prepare and operate equipment in experimental procedures
* May include centrifuge, pH meter, spectrophotometer, autoclave, scintillation counter,
electrophoresis unit, analytical balance, etc.
* Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and university guidelines.
* Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments
* Maintain inventories,
* Maintain sterile conditions as required
* Prepare reagents
* Clean equipment.
* Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) (Required)
* < 1-year experience (Required)
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/STRENGTHS NEEDED & PHYSICAL DEMANDS
* Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in a 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.
* Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in the 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.