Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Asst II in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant II (Surgical Research)

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Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

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About the Department:

The Department of Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine was founded in 1925 and is the product of a long tradition of surgical innovation. As an academic clinical department, our mission is to provide the finest quality care to patients, educate the next generation of surgeons, and produce solutions to surgical problems that change practice.

We are comprised of 129 full-time clinical and 33 research faculty, 95 residents and fellows, and more than 40 staff. The department provides services to distinct but geographically close hospitals including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Saint Thomas Hospital, and Williamson Medical Center.

In addition, the Department supports meaningful collaborations with some of the worlds foremost outcomes, global health, and health services researchers. In addition, relationships with our School of Engineering through the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgical Engineering (VISE) support joint efforts to address problems relevant to surgery.


Under moderate supervision, set up, conduct experiments, and continue research projects following protocols including the appropriate recording of data and reporting of standard or variant results. Assist in other laboratory and research functions.


  • Under moderate supervision, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays

  • 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

  • Read and follow all equipment manuals

  • 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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of acceptable procedures and techniques

  • Recognize problems and suggest solutions

  • Assist in modifications as directed

  • Provide appropriate written documentation of experiments

  • Prepare preliminary research progress reports

  • Summarize test results appropriately

Prefered Qualifications

Experience to include basic animal husbandry, maintaining breeding records, tissue sampling and genotyping of progeny

Experience with a variety of laboratory equipment, clean/monitor equipment and work with lab members to keep inventory stocked

Minimum two years of experience working laboratory transgenic animals, basic animal husbandry experience and maintaining breeding records, tissue sampling and genotyping of progeny, etc

Experience of immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence on human or rodent tissue sections

*Position Benefits*

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides its faculty and staff members with a benefits package that is comprehensive and flexible. Components for benefits-eligible employees include:

  • PTO

  • Health Plan

  • Parental Leave

  • Life Insurance

  • Retirement

  • Short-Term Disability

  • Long-term Disability

  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)

  • Dental Insurance

  • Group Discounts

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

  • Vision

* Minimum Requirements for Qualification *

Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience

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 at ), 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


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: 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.

Job Research

Organization: Surgical Research 104708

Title: Research Asst II

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)

Requisition ID: 1803782