Research Assistant I - Vanderbilt Eye Institute (Dr. Fuhrmann Lab)
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Academic / Research
Internal Number: 2214134
Research Assistant 1
Provide, under direct supervision, support for specified research projects; collect, assess, and communicate data/results. Assist in general laboratory operation and inventory.
At the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, we strive to make life better for adults and children with eye conditions including glaucoma, vision loss and diseases of the retina. We treat patients from across Tennessee and the Southeast. Our doctors, researchers and support staff use the latest technologies and methods, and we conduct vital vision research that translates to better treatments.
The Vanderbilt Eye Institute is a leader in quality eye care. We offer the latest technologies and methods while conducting innovative research to improve patients' lives and prevent vision loss.
We work hard each day because your eyes are important to us.
The Vanderbilt Eye Institute attracts some of the most talented doctors and researchers in the country. Our subspecialty ophthalmologists have completed a minimum of one year of fellowship training after residency and are board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Vanderbilt Eye Institute's award-winning research staff collaborates with our doctors as well as other Vanderbilt departments to pursue discoveries that enhance the vision of patients everywhere.
Congenital ocular malformations are prevalent in ~1 in 3-4,000 individuals and are the cause for over 25% of childhood blindness worldwide. Therefore, it is vitally important to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying ocular development. Several critical genes have been identified as instrumental, but the precise mechanisms underlying important processes during eye development remain poorly understood. We use mouse as a model system to examine temporally controlled and tissue-specific gene inactivation, RNAseq and culture approaches to determine the cellular function of pathway genes regulating morphogenesis and differentiation of ocular tissues.
We are looking forward to working with a highly motivated individual who can collaborate with other team members in the lab and who exhibits a high level of technical expertise as well as professionalism, dedication, reliability, and intellectual curiosity. A minimum commitment of 2.5 years is required for this position.
Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Under minimal supervision, plan and conduct complex experiments, analyze data, prepare reports, and archive data.
Plan and coordinate experiments in conjunction with Principal Investigator (PI).
Process and analyze data demonstrating keen analytical and problem-solving skills.
Understand and follow experimental protocols and competently perform any required assays (may include animal handling, tissue culture, etc.)
Accurately record/document, compile, organize, and communicate data/results.
Follow University safety protocols (may include use of toxic and hazardous materials, and/or carcinogens).
Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions.
Perform data analysis and create graphs/reports.
Operate and maintain equipment, and, troubleshoot equipment malfunctions throughout the execution of all research projects associated with the lab.
Recommend equipment and supplies needed for research projects.
Familiarize with equipment operations and manuals.
Set up, maintain, troubleshoot and arrange to repair equipment according to manufacturer and Vanderbilt University guidelines.
Ensure laboratory is prepared for experiments.
Procure, organize and prepare lab supplies needed to complete the work.
Maintain sterile conditions as required.
Assist PI in modifying procedures and techniques.
Recognize problems and suggest solutions, assist in modifications.
Recommend improvements to established techniques and/or protocols (troubleshooting).
Maintain personal knowledge of scientific trends through literature reviews.
Provide appropriate written/oral documentation of experiments.
Effectively communicate in oral and written formats.
Prepare research progress reports.
Analyze, interpret, and summarize test results.
Assist in the effective operation of the laboratory.
Train other employees.
Supervise projects and/or personnel.
Serve as a liaison to other Vanderbilt Medical School Departments, Divisions and core facilities such as: Division of Animal Care (DAC), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) etc, to ensure compliance of laboratory practices and procedures with University, local and federal rules and regulations.
Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:
Experience in an academic research lab.
Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to communicate research findings through publication in high impact, peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national meetings.
Preference will be given to individuals who want to establish themselves in a stable long employment relationship with the laboratory and who are interested in continued professional development.
Laboratory skills that are sought include:
Breeding mice and working with animal models of human disease.
Cellular and molecular biology: transfections, qRT-PCR, genotyping.
Cell/Tissue cultures: cell cultures and in-vitro cell assays.
Assays using pathway modulators (inhibitors/activators).
Examples of lab assays
Mouse colony management (breeding and genotyping mice)
Mouse models of congenital ocular disease
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Additional Key Elements/ Responsibilities:
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.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.