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Research Assistant II, Nephrology
Company: Vanderbilt Health
Location: Nashville, TN
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 10/14/2021
Expire Date: 11/13/2021
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Research Assistant II, Nephrology

Research Assistant II

Nephrology



Job Summary:

Under moderate supervision, set up, conduct experiments, and continue research projects following protocols including the appropriate recording of data and reporting of standard or variant results. Assist in other laboratory and research functions.



Key Responsibilities:





  • A position is offered to Provide specialized technical assistance in support of a scientific research project designed to understand sex differences in renal sodium handling and hypertension. The research assistant will be expected to:



  • Assist in development and implantation of experiments relating to the role of kidney in blood pressure regulation (e.g. metabolic cage experiments, imaging, clearance studies and molecular assays).

  • Develop standard operating procedures

  • Maintain laboratory chemical, animal and instrument inventories

  • Maintain transgenic and conventional animal colonies

  • Assist in planning, design, development and troubleshooting of animal experimental protocols and molecular techniques

  • Carry out data entry, analysis and communication of the data resulting from the experiments

  • Maintain laboratory safety compliance and maintain day-to-day functions of running the lab as assigned by the supervisor



Desirable Qualifications:

Experience with handling and colony maintenance of rats and mice is desirable Experience with cardiovascular and renal physiology is desirable.



Department Summary:

The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has a long and notable history of studying the pathophysiology of and developing potential therapies for the prevention and treatment of kidney disease. With over 70 active faculty comprised of innovative, internationally recognized basic and clinical researchers and active clinicians working in state-of-the-art facilities, our contributions are validated through high-impact publications, strong federal and non-federal grant funding, and a robust clinical program that provides cutting-edge comprehensive care across the spectrum of kidney disease.



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. 



Qualifications & Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or a closely related field is required and a Minimum of 2 years of research experience in a laboratory environment.  Effective written and oral communication skills. Ability to work in a timely-manner and in precision and accuracy Ability and willingness to manage multiple concurrent projects



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.

  • 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.

  • 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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