Vanderbilt University Research Assistant I - Molecular Physiology and Biophysics in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant I - Molecular Physiology and Biophysics (Job Number: 1800819)


About the Position:

A Research Assistant position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Gregor Neuert, NIH Director’s New Innovator Awardee 2014, at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. We are seeking highly motivated, driven and curious applicants with a strong background in cell and molecular biology or related field with at least one year of lab experience. Expertise in computer programing or computational skills is a plus. The job consists of lab management and lab research with the opportunity to lead an independent research project.

The Neuert lab works on the leading edge in the quantitative understanding of signal transduction and gene regulatory processes of coding and non-coding RNA in single yeast and mammalian cells. Our research methods include a combination of cell biology, single-molecule/single-cell experiments, next generation sequencing, molecular biology, genetics and computational modeling. We offer a well-funded, exciting, highly interactive, international and interdisciplinary research environment with strong mentoring and career development support.

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About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity 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.

Key Functions and Expected Performances:

Lab management duties include:

  • Purchase and research consumables and equipment for the lab

  • Manage and maintain inventory of lab reagents and equipment

  • Train new lab personal and collaborators on equipment usage

Lab research duties include:

  • Establish new techniques in the lab

  • Generate mammalian cell lines using gene editing

  • Support lab members with execution of experiments

  • Train new lab members in basic cell and molecular biology techniques

  • Maintain mammalian cell culture

  • Data generation for lab member and collaborators

  • Opportunity to pursue an independent research project (critical thinking and independence required)

  • Opportunity to learn computational skills such as next generation sequencing and single cell analysis


  • Degree in biology or life-science related area of expertise

  • Expertise in cell culture techniques may include adherent and suspension cell culture, experience in growing and maintaining stem cells, immune cells or cell line, lentiviral transduction, genome editing with CRISPR, cell counting, cell freezing and long term storage, making media, yeast cell culture.

  • Expertise in cell culture assay include skills related to signal transduction and gene regulation, viability, proliferation, mitochondrial Integrity, oxidative stress, cell cycle, protein translation, cell death, growth rate, phospho-specific flow cytometry (phospho-flow), immune fluorescence, fluorescent microscopy, fluorescent insitu hybridization.

  • Expertise in molecular biology techniques may include PCR, RT-PCR, western blotting, chromatin immunoprecipitation, library preparation for next generation sequencing, cloning, immunohistochemistry, site-directed mutagenesis, HPLC of nucleic acids, gel electrophoresis, spectrophotometer usage.

  • Computational skills may include programing / scripting experience preferred in Matlab, R, or related, background in statistics, bioinformatics, computational data analysis, efficient computer usage with microsoft office, adobe illustrator, imageJ.

  • Good record and lab notebook keeping skills, good communication skills.


In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

Success Factors

  • Acceptance of Feedback – Ability to take constructive criticism with grace, and make improvements without taking it personally or holding grudges. When wrong, owns it – freely admits mistakes.

  • Maturity -- Exhibits professional maturity; doesn’t pass the buck to dodge accountability; doesn’t engage in petty office politics or inappropriate social conduct

  • Raises the Bar – Expects and delivers excellence. Is a creative problem solver. Is proactive. Welcomes input on making things better. Places a high value on learning and getting better

  • Detail-Oriented – Even small mistakes can create big issues; attention to detail work indicates care about the outcomes.

  • Autonomous – Self-managing; self-motivated. Manages time, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track.

Job requires a Bachelor's degree.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 18350 - Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Job: Research / Lab Tech / Paraprofessional