Research Assistant I, Biological Sciences
Company: Vanderbilt University
Posted on: June 12, 2021
The full-time Research Assistant I position is part of the
Bordenstein Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences and
Microbiome Initiative at Vanderbilt University and is a key
technician responsible for hands-on research, laboratory upkeep,
and insect maintenance. This position will be a crucial part of a
symbiosis and genetics research program aimed at understanding,
disseminating, and applying the principles that shape relationships
between insects, symbiotic bacteria, and bacteriophages. The
Research Assistant will manage day-to-day operations of the lab,
support ongoing research projects, and oversee undergraduate
students. This position will report administratively and
functionally to senior lab personnel and the PI.
The Department of Biological Sciences has an excellent staff to
facilitate issue resolution involving personnel, financial
management, supply and equipment orders proposal submission, and
infrastructure. The faculty in the department carry out diverse
research projects and often collaborate with other members within
the department and in nearby departments. This department covers a
broad spectrum of biology, from molecules and cells to tissues and
organisms to populations and ecosystems. Award-winning faculty and
graduate students teach and carry out research in Biochemistry,
Structural Biology and Biophysics, Cell Biology, Genetics,
Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Evolutionary Biology,
Ecology, Developmental Biology, and Neurobiology.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, or related field is
- At least 1 year research experience in insect husbandry,
microbiology, molecular biology, proteomics, and/or bioinformatics
- Prior experience in personnel management and administration is
- Excellent written and oral communication skills are
- Self-motivated and fast learner with an ability to work
independently, multi-task, and successfully meet deadlines is
- Outstanding work ethic; dedication to high-quality research and
the success of fellow lab members is necessary.
- Basic computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Experience with more advanced programs (Geneious, GraphPad Prism,
EndNote, QIIME, Photoshop, Illustrator, R, command-line
programming) is preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume
accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity,
diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our
commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a
community that celebrates differences and lets individuality
thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in
our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take
advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The
diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for
the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to
be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and
protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment
are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include
but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been
selected: criminal history, education verification, social media
review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional
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