We seek an enthusiastic Research Assistant II for our antimicrobial resistance laboratory at VUMC, in the department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. The laboratory focuses on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria and yeast, and diagnostic test development.
Responsibilities for this position include:
Performing experiments with moderate supervision, following training in sponsor protocols
Organizing bacterial isolate and specimen stocks
Coordinating shipping of bacteria and specimens for sponsored projects
A strong background in bacteriology and experience with molecular techniques is required. Clinical laboratory experience and/or certification (e.g., ASCP or similar) is not required but is an advantage. Advanced knowledge of aseptic techniques, bacterial culture methods, pipetting, and molecular methods are required. Excellent organizational and computer skills are required.
The Research Assistant II performs research and technical duties in the laboratory and works with the Laboratory Manager who is the technical resource for this position. The Research Assistant will work independently to ensure assigned tasks are performed according to sponsor protocols and/or protocols developed by PI.
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Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Execute clinical research
Perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing according to laboratory protocols and best practices
Perform bacterial subcultures, and maintain frozen bacterial stocks
Perform advanced techniques in clinical microbiology (e.g., enzymatic methodologies, synergy testing) following protocols
Perform testing on novel diagnostic platforms for infectious diseases following sponsor protocols
Elevate complex challenges to Laboratory Manager and/or PI
Maintain diligent records of research performed, including quality control data
Manage research data
Compile research data for review by Laboratory Manager and PI
Fill out electronic data capture sheets according to sponsor protocols
Manage supplies for assigned projects, alerting Laboratory Manager when supplies are low
Ensure quality assurance in all experiments performed by evaluating quality control results and identifying out-of-control results
Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:
Bachelor's degree required and prefer at least 1 yr relevant experience in clinical microbiology (2 years of research or clinical laboratory experience is required)
Background in clinical microbiology (either industry, hospital or public-health based)
Experience with diagnostic testing
Experience with molecular techniques
Excellent computer skills
Ability to work independently, troubleshoot
Excellent interpersonal skills
This is a full-time position; hours are typically days, Monday - Friday, with flexibility in hours.
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide the required information and/or documentation.
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Job requires a Bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience or the equivalent.
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