• Staff Scientist-Vaccine Center

    Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville, TN 37230

    Job #1461835285

  • Staff Scientist-Vaccine Center - 2101854

    Job : Research

    Primary Location : TN-Nashville-Medical Research Bldg IV (MRB)

    Organization : Vaccine Center 104201

    Shift: : First Shift



    Assists the Principal Investigator with grant and manuscript preparation. Independently carry out and design highly sophisticated and independent experiments. Mentor and train graduate students and post doctoral fellow in developing their research projects.


    As one of the leading vaccine centers in the world, the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center is recognized for broad expertise in basic and clinical discovery related to understanding and optimizing disease prevention through vaccination. The VVC hosts faculty who study viral and bacterial pathogens (including pathogens related to biodefense and emerging infectious diseases), and those who study the immune responses to vaccines and their related pathogens at the molecular and cellular level. VVC faculty members also work collaboratively with a number of faculty members in other departments and centers at Vanderbilt.

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    • Independently oversee research projects and perform near to totally independent research.

    • Expertise in molecular biology, in particular creation and validation of lentiviral, retroviral, and reverse viral genetics is desired

    • Experience in working with viruses and biosafety level 2 and/or 3 containment is desired.

    • Supervise, plan, design and implement research projects

    • Establish highly complex protocol(s); define data collection, evaluation and analysis procedures

    • Exercise discretion and independent judgment to develop methods and procedures for operation of complex scientific equipment

    • Supervise set-up and operation of various scientific experiments involving complex apparatus and equipment

    • Contribute to research so as to merit serving as author or co-author on research publications, etc.

    • Assist principal investigator in writing research grants and contract proposals

    • Assists PI in manuscript preparation for scientific journals.

    • Present research findings as needed

    • Responsible for plan and coordination of literature and library searches and data collection programs

    • Develop reports of results, graphs, charts, tables, etc. of research findings

    • Supervise writing, reviewing and editing of various materials for publication

    • Provide supervisory responsibility to staff

    • Mentor and teach graduate students and post doctoral fellows in developing their projects and on specific techniques and protocols.

    • Train and supervise technical staff, medical and graduate students

    • Provide technical guidance to students, pos-doctoral fellows and faculty as required

    • May provide budget responsibility

    • Make recommendations to principal investigator regarding staff, supply and equipment needs for research projects

    • May monitor expenditures of funds

    • Maintain open communication between department and others

    • Open contact as needed with principal investigator, collaborating professionals, Purchasing, Human Resource Services, Space and Facilities Planning, asset management personnel, Environmental Health and Safety, Institutional Review Board staff, administrative staff relating to budget capabilities

    • Contact as required with sponsoring agencies and/or cooperating facilities (e.g. V.A.), collaborating professionals and vendors

    • Expertise in molecular biology, in particular creation and validation of lentiviral, retroviral, and reverse viral genetics is desired

    • Experience in working with viruses and biosafety level 2 and/or 3 containment is desired

    Basic Qualifications

    2 years experience

    Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

    Additional Qualification Information:

    • Doctorate/ PhD required

    Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:


    • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

    • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

    • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

    • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

    • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

    • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

    • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

    • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


    • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

    • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

    • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

    Environmental Conditions

    Req ID: 2101854

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