JOB SUMMARY: The laboratory of Dr. Algood is offering a Research Assistant II position to investigate host-pathogen interactions. The candidate is required to have experience with molecular biology and biochemistry assays (RNA isolation, immunohistochemistry, ELISA). Experience with small animal husbandry (e.g. genotyping, backcrossing) and mouse procedures (collection of blood and tissue, gavage) is preferrable.
As a Research Assistant II you will be expected, under moderate supervision, to set up, conduct experiments, and continue research projects following protocols including the appropriate recording of data. You will also assist in other laboratory and research functions which are described below. *Note: This position will perform duties at the VA ACRE building located at 1310 24th Ave South, Nashville, TN and at VUMC facilities. *
Under moderate supervision, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays
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
Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and University guidelines
Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments
Maintain sterile conditions as required
Demonstrate an understanding of acceptable procedures and techniques
Recognize problems and suggest solutions
Provide appropriate written documentation of experiments
Prepare preliminary research progress reports
The Vanderbilt Department of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases is dedicated to enhancing prevention and treatment of infectious diseases through discovery and application of new knowledge that is seamlessly integrated with mentoring trainees to become the next generation of national leaders in the field. This mission is enhanced by our strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, social and intellectual diversity, commitment to life-long self-learning, and professionalism dedicated to teamwork and collegiality. The ID Division's mission emphasizes a global perspective, as well as maintaining excellence and compassion in every clinical encounter. Clinical and research program strengths include HIV medicine, mycobacterial infections, and infectious diseases in transplantation recipients. Epidemiology and patient oriented research initiatives are flourishing in drug and vaccine development (for HIV, tuberculosis, and other pathogens), hospital epidemiology, and emerging/re-emerging infections. The Division also is deeply committed to excellence in teaching of medical students, residents, our colleagues in practice and ID fellows.
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