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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Assistant III - Clinical Pharmacology in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant III

Clinical Pharmacology

Role Summary:

Perform under minimal supervision a wide variety of complex tasks requiring practical understanding of scientific techniques and advanced knowledge of scientific theory.

Department Summary:

The scientific mission of the Clinical Pharmacology Division is to understand the mechanisms of drug action in humans in order to improve therapeutics. The research of the Division members bridges the basic and clinical sciences. In addition to conducting state-of-the-art research, members of the Division also lead many institutional and national efforts to train clinical and translational investigators and to support infrastructure for translational research.

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Key Responsibilities:

  • Under minimal supervision, plan, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays of varying complexity.

  • Plan and coordinate experiments in conjunction with Principal Investigator (PI).

  • 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.

  • Recommend equipment and supplies needed for research projects.

  • 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.

  • Assist PI in modifying procedures and techniques.

  • Recognize problems and suggest solutions, assist in modifications.

  • Recommend improvements to established techniques and/or protocols.

  • Maintain personal knowledge of scientific trends through literature reviews, attendance at meetings, conferences and seminars.

  • Provide appropriate written/oral documentation of experiments

  • Prepare research progress reports.

  • Analyze and summarize test results.

  • Preparation and oral presentation of data as required

  • Assist in the effective operation of the laboratory.

  • Train other employees.

  • Supervise projects and/or personnel.

Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 4 years experience

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: Clinical Pharmacology - Lab 104341

Title: Research Assistant III - Clinical Pharmacology

Location: TN-Nashville-Robinson Research

Requisition ID: 2010207

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