Our laboratory is focused on interventional approaches to regulate uterine contractility for the management of preterm labor and control of postpartum hemorrhage. Current treatments are limited in scope and efficacy, often adversely affecting both the mother and her offspring. Our laboratory has established a drug discovery strategy to identifying novel regulators of uterine myometrial contractility involving high-throughput screening of small-molecules in an in vitro cell-based assay, testing of hit-molecules in an ex vivo tissue contractility assay and pre-clinical in vivo testing in mouse models of preterm labor. We are seeking an experience Research Assistant with experience with cell culture, in vitro pharmacology assays, LC-MS, experience handling mice or consenting patients for research studies. Applicants will be working with mice to breed for timed pregnancy and in vivo studies. Applicants will read and follow experimental protocols, prepare reagents, maintain cell lines and perform: calculations (molarity, % solutions and serial dilutions), isometric contractility experiments, cell-based assays and in vivo mouse experiments. Finally, Provide, under direct supervision, support for specified research projects; collect, assess, and communicate data/results. Assist in general laboratory operation and inventory.
In 1959, Dr. Mildred Stahlman set out to establish the first intensive care unit for newborns at the Vanderbilt University Hospital. The unit quickly became a referral center for high-risk newborns across Tennessee and extending into Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama. With the realization that optimal neonatal care begins in the womb, a strong bond was forged with Vanderbilt Maternal Fetal Medicine and Pediatric Surgical subspecialists, and one of the first collaborative fetal centers for diagnosis and therapy--the Junior League Center for Advanced Maternal Fetal Care--was established at Vanderbilt to facilitate coordinated diagnosis, consultation, planning and delivery of newborns with complex medical and surgical problems. We continue to follow Dr. Stahlman's mission to foster knowledge through research, teaching and training through patient care, and a commitment to continuous improvement to delivering superb clinical care, with the overarching goal of improving the health of prematurely born infants and infants born at term with complex problems. As the Regional Perinatal Center for Middle Tennessee, we and our obstetric colleagues work with the Tennessee Department of Health to promote access to care and outreach education to reduce preterm birth, maternal mortality, and infant mortality. We are home to a diverse group of physicians and scientists whose professional interests span across multiple areas:
Molecular mechanisms of preterm birth
Child health policy
Quality improvement and implementation science
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Under supervision, run experiments, assays, and record results
Read and follow experimental protocols (May include animal handling, tissue culture, etc.)
Compile and communicate results to supervisor
Follow University safety protocols (may include use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogenics)
Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions
Prepare and operate equipment in experimental procedures
May include blood gas analyzer, centrifuge, pH meter, spectrophotometer, autoclave, scintillation counter, electrophoresis unit, analytical balance, etc.
Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and university guidelines.
Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments
Maintain sterile conditions as required
Bachelors Diploma (or equivalent experience) and <1 years relevant experience
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.