Senior Research Specialist
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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Post Date: Sep 22, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Degree Requirement: Bachelors
Years Experience: 5+
Location: US - Tennessee - Nashville
Job Reference: 1709272
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center seeks a Senior Research Specialist to join the Ogden lab in the Departments of Pediatrics and Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. Research in the Ogden lab is focused on tropism and diversity mechanisms for double-stranded RNA viruses, including reovirus and rotavirus. Reovirus is a tractable model system that is in advanced stages of development as an oncolytic. Rotavirus is an important cause of diarrheal disease that results in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of infants and young children worldwide each year.   

The Senior Research Specialist will lead research projects and perform independent research of a highly complex nature. This individual will develop and test hypotheses, devise or modify experimental methods, interpret results, report findings in scientific manuscripts, and assist with grant applications. This individual will also be responsible for overseeing laboratory operation, including organization and maintenance of stocks and reagents, equipment maintenance, assuring compliance with university safety policies, and helping to train and oversee students and other staff.

Key Functions and Expected Performances
1. Independently oversee research projects and perform independent research. Supervise, plan, design, and implement research projects. Establish protocols, and define data collection, evaluation, and analysis procedures. Interpret complex research data.
2. Maintain detailed records of experimental protocols, procedures, and results.
3. Supervise set-up and operation of various scientific experiments involving complex apparatus and equipment. Maintain equipment in good working order.
4. Contribute to research so as to merit serving as author or co-author on research publications. Stay abreast of topical scientific literature and data collection and analysis programs.
5. Report and present scientific findings and ideas. Supervise writing, reviewing and editing of various materials for publication. Assist principal investigator in preparation of reviews and grant applications. Present research findings as needed.
6. Train and provide supervision and technical guidance to students, post-doctoral fellows and other laboratory staff.
7. Maintain commonly used cell lines and mice.
8. Help maintain a safe environment. Ensure compliance with BSL2 and University safety policies, including proper disposal of chemical and biohazardous waste.
9. Make recommendations to principal investigator regarding staff, supply and equipment needs for research projects. Monitor expenditures of funds. Assist with stocking and ordering supplies, reagents, and equipment.
10. Maintain open communication with the principal investigator, collaborating professionals, administrative staff, Human Resources, Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety, Institutional Review Board staff, and vendors.

Basic Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree
Experience: Required time in field previous to employment is 7 years (relevant graduate-level studies qualify as experience)

Desired experience and skills:
• A PhD or Master’s degree in the biological sciences
• Knowledge and experience in virology, molecular biology, cell biology, tissue culture, and general BSL2 laboratory equipment and practices
• Experience working with mice would be an asset
• Versatile and accommodating personality, willingness to learn new things
• Strong organizational and record-keeping skills and attention to detail
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Multitasking ability and motivation to get the job done
• Ability to work independently, work within a team, and supervise others

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