A laboratory in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology seeks a curious, motivated and diligent Research Assistant I to work on patient-based immunology projects. The lab seeks to understand the genetic drivers of immunological diseases by identifying rare gene variants in affected children and studying how they impact the immune system.
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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> - BSc in microbiology/immunology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, or similar area
> - attention to detail
> - strong communication skills
> - willingness to learn a variety of techniques at the bench
> Not required, but ideal candidates will: - Have experience with some of the following techniques: DNA extraction, PCR, cloning, sterile cell culture, flow cytometry, western blotting, ELISA, fluorescent or confocal microscopy.
- commit to a minimum of 2 years of full-time employment. Those who wish to pursue medical school or a PhD in the long term are welcome.
> We offer a dynamic and collaborative research environment, have opportunities for authorship and presentation of your work, and support diversity in science. You will receive lots of mentorship and will gain skills applicable across many fields of science and medicine.
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 combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogenics)
> Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions
> Prepare and operate equipment in experimental procedures
> May include blood gas analyzer, 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.