The Research Assistant I (TERM) will be a part of the Johnson Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual responsible for performing experiments and maintaining a well-functioning laboratory environment. This position will be responsible for maintaining laboratory compliance with University Safety Protocols and performing experiments. Duties will include maintaining bacterial cultures, conducting experiments on bacteria, and ordering of specialty items. This position will also be responsible for making solutions & media, and conducting computerized data analyses under supervision.
The Department of Biological Sciences has an excellent staff to facilitate issue resolution involving personnel, financial management, supply and equipment orders proposal submission, and infrastructure. The faculty in the department carry out diverse research projects and often collaborate with other members within the department and in nearby departments. This department covers a broad spectrum of biology, from molecules and cells to tissues and organisms to populations and ecosystems. Award-winning faculty and graduate students teach and carry out research in Biochemistry, Structural Biology and Biophysics, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Developmental Biology, and Neurobiology.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under supervision and/or independently, run experiments/assays, analyze data, and record results:
Read and follow experimental protocols.
Compile and communicate results to supervisor.
Maintain and transfer bacterial cultures.
Follow University safety protocols.
Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions.
Prepare and operate equipment in experimental procedures under supervision:
May include PCR cycler, centrifuge, pH meter, spectrophotometer, autoclave, electrophoresis unit, analytical balance, etc.
Maintain and operate equipment according to manufacturer and university guidelines.
Ensure laboratory is prepared for experiments:
Maintain inventories and chemical lists.
Maintain sterile conditions as required.
Clean equipment, defrost freezers/refrigerators.
Other duties as assigned.
A Bachelor's degree in a science field is necessary .
Laboratory experience is necessary.
Experience with mammalian cell culture is preferred.
Supervisory Relationships This position does not have supervisory responsibility; this position reports administratively and functionally to the lab PI.
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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.
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Internal Number: 10000555
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