Vanderbilt University Research Assistant - Term Professional in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Assistant - Term Professional (Job Number: 1800796)


This is a full-time, hourly term position lasting six months to one year.

About the Position:

The Research Assistant position will work on independent research projects for the Associate Provost, along with providing administrative support. This position interfaces closely with other members of the College of Arts and Science, the University Administration, and the University as a whole.

Responsibilities range from administrative tasks, event planning, financial oversight, to research on projects. This position will supervise student workers and work directly with faculty and outside consultants.

About the Work Unit:

The College of Art and Science at Vanderbilt University is a highly selective liberal arts college at the heart of a major research university. It seeks to attract a diverse student body of high promise and ability from throughout the United States and the international community. Its mission is to engage in significant and innovative research, scholarship, and creative expression in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, to offer distinguished, well-taught programs of undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, and to foster service to society overall.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Budgets - including tracking and reconciling expenses

Preparing expense reports and reimbursements in Oracle

Processing payments through Oracle

Grant reporting

Grant proposal writing

Event planning for various events

Using BrightSpace to update course material for English courses

Work closely with the web developer on website and blog updates

Serve as team leader on various projects

Provide support to team members to complete projects

Work closely with the Associate Provost

Other duties as assigned


Detail oriented

Excellent time management skills with the ability to multi-task

Strong communication skills

Must have the ability to work both as a member of a team and independently

Knowledge of University policies and procedures is a plus

Must be proficient in Microsoft Office

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. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review at among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”


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 .


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.

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree required or the equivalent. A Master's Degree is preferred.

Please provide a cover letter with your application.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 12280 - English

Job: Limited Term Positions