Research Assistant I (Term), Cell and Developmental Biology

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee, US
May 01, 2021
May 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
This Research Assistant I position is a one-year, term position. A term position is a staff position that exists for a period longer than six months but is not expected to last beyond one year. Although a position may exist for a specified or indefinite period, staff who accept term positions are not guaranteed employment for the entire period; they are employed for indefinite periods within the limit of the appointment. There are no guarantees of continued employment, either within the term or when the term ends.
The position involves working closely with the principal investigator to execute and maintain best-practices in a the laboratory. The Research Assistant will be responsible for managing the day-to-day functions of the laboratory, including ordering supplies and reagents, coordinating and assisting with media preparation, and coordinating maintenance of biological libraries (e.g., nonpathogenic bacterial stocks, cell lines, plasmids, primers, etc.).
The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment for cutting-edge research over a scale that spans seven powers of ten, from single molecules to whole organisms. The difference between a test tube and a cell is spatio-temporal organization, and we study molecular, cellular and tissue organization in many of the laboratories within our department, seeking insights into fundamental biological questions and human disease. We are an interactive and highly collaborative department, with a strong graduate student association, outstanding core facilities, a top-ranked developmental biology program, and exceptionally strong faculty. Recent faculty recruits are studying cell migration using super-resolution microscopy, single molecule analysis of microtubule dynamics, systems biology of intestinal epithelia, stem cell biology, and the regulation of plasma membrane composition and ageing.
Duties and Responsibilities
Assist with daily lab operations
- Participate in media and buffer preparation
- Assist in maintaining libraries of biological reagents (primers, plasmids, bacteria, cell lines and C. elegans strains)
- Assist in procuring reagents and supplies and maintain the lab inventory
- Assist in maintaining lab instruments and equipment
- Assist in maintaining lab compliance with biological and chemical safety protocols
Molecular and cell biological analysis
- Protein biochemistry
- PCR, gel electrophoresis
- Molecular cloning
- RNA/DNA extraction, qRT-PCR
Cell culture
- Assist with the maintenance of iPSC lines
- Assist with neural differentiation protocols
- Assist with the derivation of iPSC-derived brain organoids
- A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field is necessary.
- One to two years of laboratory experience is necessary.
- Strong communication and organizational skills are necessary.
- Experience in standard molecular biological techniques is necessary.
- Diligence along with the ability and desire to maintain high quality and safety standards are necessary.
- Experience working with stem cells is preferred.
- Experience with fluorescence microscopy is preferred.
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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.