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Research Assistant II Allergy Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
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Nov 26, 2021

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Science, Doctors, Allergy/Immunology, Nursing, Acute/critical care
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Research Assistant II Allergy Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
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Job ResearchPrimary Location TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)Organization Allergy, Pulmonary and Critica 104383Shift First Shift

Research Assistant II


In your pivotal role as Research Assistant II, under moderate supervision, you will set up, conduct experiments, and continue research projects following protocols including the appropriate data records and reports. The Research Assistant II also will assist with other laboratory and research functions.

Department Summary:
The Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care is directed by Dr. Timothy Blackwell and its mission is to:
  • deliver world-class clinical care to patients with allergic diseases, pulmonary conditions, and critical illness through employing a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach with a wide range of clinical programs.
  • lead in the development of cutting-edge, patient-focused research that extends from basic discoveries to clinical implementation.
  • provide state-of-the-art education and training including a strong fellowship program to inspire and nurture the next generation of leaders in allergy and immunology, pulmonary medicine, and critical care.

View how Vanderbilt Health employees celebrate the difference they make every day:

Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity - of culture, thinking, learning and leading - is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
  • US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
  • Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
  • Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
  • The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
  • Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
  • National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
  • Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.

  • Mouse handling, mouse colonies maintenance, lung and other organs/tissues harvesting;
  • May initiate tissue grossing; conduct tissue processing, embedding, and staining;
  • Conduct routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining on paraffin sections as needed; identify and monitor quality control of H&E staining; troubleshoot and correct problems with procedures and equipment.
  • Conduct immunohistochemical (IHC) stains on paraffin or frozen sections; implement appropriate antigen retrieval techniques;
  • Review, modify, develop, validate, and implement special stains, immunohistochemical stains, and other histology procedures including but not limited to feasibility studies, optimization of reagents in assay, determining sensitivity and specificity, comparison and harmonization of assays.
  • Maintain supplies of fixatives, solvents, materials and other supplies for preservation and processing of tissues into completed routine slides; maintain an inventory of reagents, buffers, antibodies, and related supplies for IHC.
  • Culture cells and tissues;
  • Conduct western blotting, ELISAs and other related assays;
  • Comply with laboratory safety plans and quality management system; maintain records and files.

  • Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience)
  • 2 years experience

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:
  • Movement
    • 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: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

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