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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Asst III (Anesthesiology) in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Asst III ( Vanderbilt Anesthesiology )



Under minimal supervision of the Principle Investigator (PI), plan, conduct and evaluate cell culture and other experiments and assays of varying complexity, including compilation and analysis of data generated. Follow VUMC IACUC and safety protocols. Maintain proper documentation. Assist the PI in mentoring and training student(s) and/or postdoctoral fellow(s) in developing their research projects. Assist the PI with manuscript and grant preparations. Enjoy team work on translationally relevant projects in circulatory arrest and resuscitation science. Previous experience with cell culture experiments is strongly preferred.


  1. Actively participate in daily lab operation and research projects and perform research independently in the absence of the Principle Investigator. Assist with planning, design, and implementation of research projects. Assist with establishing highly complex protocol(s); define data collection, evaluation and analysis procedures.

  2. Monitor and maintain inventory of supplies, equipment and animals; ensure laboratory is prepared for experiments.

  3. Assist PI in development and implementation of research protocols.

  4. Recognize and communicate problems and suggest solutions, assist in modifications.

  5. Maintain personal knowledge of scientific trends through literature, seminars and conferences.

  6. Carry out routine and complex experiments for scientific data collection. Analyze and interpret complex research data.

  7. Compile accurate records and communicate summaries of experimental results.

  8. Present research findings as needed. Contribute to research to merit serving as a co-author or first author on research publications, etc. Assist PI in manuscript preparation for scientific journals. Assist PI in writing research grants and contract proposals.

  9. Assist the PI in mentoring and training by supervising undergraduate and/or graduate and/or medical student(s) and assisting postdoctoral fellow(s) in developing their research projects and on specific techniques and protocols. Provide technical guidance to other staff, undergraduate, graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty as required by PI.

Maintain open communication within and between departments and others. Open contact as needed with PI, collaborating professionals, Purchasing, Human Resource Services, Space and Facilities Planning, asset management personnel, Environmental Health and Safety, Institutional Review Board staff, administrative staff relating to budget capabilities. Contact as required with sponsoring agencies and/or cooperating facilities (e.g. V.A.), collaborating professionals and vendors.


Understanding of general and specific laboratory procedures, and scientific approach and methodologies. Ability to use independent judgment within limits. Ability to follow research methodology and protocol. Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures. Critical thinking, problem solving, and attentiveness to detail required. Previous experience with cell culture experiments is strongly preferred; and previous work with mice and rats, is preferred but not absolutely necessary (classification based on experience).

Position Qualifications:

Required :

· Bachelors Diploma (and/or equivalent) and 4 year of experience

Position Shift:

  • Day Shift, M-F, hourly position

Department/Unit Summary :

· The Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has a long tradition of innovation. This creative impulse has kept the Vanderbilt Anesthesiology Department in the vanguard of clinical discovery, basic science research, and translational application of new knowledge throughout perioperative medicine.

Vanderbilt Anesthesiology has the intellectual agility to maintain equilibrium and thrive in this unstable environment. We get the right people onto the team, create the right systems of practice to provide optimum patient care, and develop innovative technology to improve the capabilities of our clinicians. We train the future leaders of perioperative medicine in research, clinical innovation and patient care, and we put those skills into practice every day. Our department is characterized by optimism, excitement, talent, and a commitment to work together to improve our knowledge and the care we provide to our patients.

Click Here To View The VUMC Promise of Discovery

Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

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.

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 ), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

· Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US

· 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

· American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014

· Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Middle 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: Radiation: May be exposed to occupational radiation, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Radiation Safety Program which includes training, use of personal protective equipment with lead shielding, and personal dose monitoring.

Job Research

Organization: Anesthesiology 104300

Title: Research Asst III (Anesthesiology)

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Arts

Requisition ID: 1907167

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.