The Research Assistant III position is part of the Basic Sciences Pod 3 in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and the ideal candidate for this position would be a key individual contributor responsible for designing, developing and conducting in vivo pharmacology experiments within the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (WCNDD) under the guidance of Dr. Colleen Niswender in the Neurodevelopmental Disorders group. The individual should have proficiency in in vivo rodent behavioral assays, drug formulation, and dosing protocols necessary for the administration and testing of novel compounds. This position requires excellent communication skills, including presenting verbal and written reports to the project team. The candidate will also assist with training of new lab members, contribute to writing and updating IACUC protocols, and preparing for and supervising inspections of in vivo lab space. Expertise in rodent surgical techniques and dissection is required, as well as meticulous notebook documentation and data dissemination to team members. The highly motivated scientist will be an integral part of the drug discovery team and be willing to assist in other responsibilities. Reporting to the Principal Investigator or project leader, the Research Specialist works with faculty, staff, and other members of the WCNDD (pharmacologists, DMPK members and behavioral scientists).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under minimal supervision, plan, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays of varying complexity to examine the activity of novel compounds developed at WCNDD for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, epilepsy, ADHD, and other neurological and psychiatric conditions
Implement productive in vivo pharmacology protocols and techniques
Understand and follow experimental protocols for rodent behavioral studies and dosing of novel compounds
Contribute to updating and maintaining animal protocols, interactions with the Division of Animal Care, and strict adherence to IACUC protocols
Contribute to a fully functioning discovery team with strong communication skills
Be open to collaboration and interaction within the WCNDD team (DMPK, pharmacologists and behavioral scientists) and also other collaborators outside of the Center
Highly motivated individual with the ability to go above and beyond the job description to complete the task
Looks for opportunities to help others within the WCNDD (i.e. proactive)
The ideal candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, perform well in a highly functioning team environment, and be able to independently analyze and complete an array of analytical assays
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary; masters' degree is preferred
A degree in biology, biochemistry, pharmacology or similar field from an accredited institution of higher education is highly preferred
Ability to work in a team-based organization is necessary
Ability to clearly communicate research results, ideas, and concerns is necessary
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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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Internal Number: 10000282
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