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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Assistant I-Orthopaedics in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant I-Orthopaedics - 2101029

Job : Research

Primary Location : TN-Nashville-Medical Center East (MCE) - South Tower

Organization : Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehab 104475

Shift: : First Shift


This is a full-time/non-exempt term position lasting six months to one year.


Research Assistant I to be part of an energetic and fast-paced team of scientists in the Department of Orthopaedics, focused on developing and validate preclinical models of polytraumatic injury. This individual will work in conjunction with senior laboratory members and individually to conduct mouse-based experiments supported by a VA-funded grant.


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  • Be willing to work in mouse-based research and care.

  • Preferred expertise in mouse handling and genotyping

  • Preferred expertise in administration of drugs to mice via intravenous, intraperitoneal, and subcutaneous routes

  • Preferred expertise in mouse models of disease or injury using sterile techniques for survival surgeries

  • Preferred expertise in small animal imaging (x-ray, in vivo fluorescence, etc)

  • Preferred expertise in mouse behavioral assays such as Tredscan analysis

  • Be able to work independently and in a team.

  • Have excellent record keeping skills and organization.

  • Be able to prepare basic laboratory solutions and perform basic laboratory math.

  • Be reliable and punctual to obtain data at the designated points.

This position will require the individual to:

  • Experiment with mouse models of tissue injury

  • Administer pain medication to animals following surgery

  • Weigh animals and calculate appropriate drug dosing

  • Prepare dilutions of medications to administer

  • Performing imaging- x-ray analysis, in vivo fluorescence, and bioluminescence

  • Analyze imaging data and prepare publication-quality figures

  • Conduct functional analysis of gait and grip strength in a mouse model

  • Assess the cognitive function of rodents

  • Collect tissue samples during necropsy for analysis

  • Perform histologic analysis- tissue collection, embedding, tissue sectioning, and slide staining

  • Perform ELISA/Multiplex analysis on blood samples

  • Organize and maintain records of all data collected throughout studies

  • Work with IACUC and facility managers to schedule and conduct experiments

  • Manage experimental setup and preparations before the beginning of trials


Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) (Required) < 1 year experience (Required)


A Term position is a staff position that exists for a period longer than six months but is not expected to last beyond one year. Although a position may exist for a specified or indefinite period, staff who accept term positions are not guaranteed employment for the entire period; they are employed for indefinite periods within the limit of the appointment. There are no guarantees of continued employment, either within the term or when the term ends.

Basic Qualifications

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

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.

  • Frequent: 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

Req ID: 2101029

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