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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Asst II (Pediatric Infectious Disease) in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant II (Pediatric Infectious Disease)


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The Cassat Laboratory studies host-pathogen interactions during invasive bacterial infection, skeletal cell biology, and osteo-immunologic crosstalk. By merging microbial pathogenesis, immunology, and cell biology, we hope to uncover mechanisms of altered bone homeostasis and antibacterial immunity during human diseases that affect the skeleton. Under direct supervision of the PI, this position will provide support for specified research projects; collect, assess, and communicate data/results. Assist in general laboratory activities and operations.


Under direct supervision, the research assistant will:

  • Provide experimental and technical support for ongoing research projects.

  • Perform experimental procedures following experimental protocols

  • Collect and analyze data from experimental procedures and discuss results with the principal investigator.

  • Document experimental results and maintain an organized laboratory notebook.

  • Assist in general laboratory operation, such as preparation of stock solutions and other reagents.

  • Assist with monitoring and stocking lab inventory.

  • Assist in Surgical procedures and managing the laboratory’s mouse colony

  • Train students that will rotate through the lab throughout the academic year

  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment, including maintaining and repairing equipment, according to manufacturer and university guidelines.

* Minimum Requirements *

  • Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience)

  • 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: Pediatric Infectious Disease 104606

Title: Research Asst II (Pediatric Infectious Disease)

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

Requisition ID: 1907206

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