Research Assistant I (Vanderbilt University Neurological Surgery)
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We are seeking a full-time research assistant to work in a human neuroimaging and electrophysiology lab in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The lab uses MRI techniques and human intracranial recordings to better understand brain network problems in epilepsy — a common and debilitating neurological disorder. Normal cognitive processing in humans and other neurological disorders are also interests of the lab. The principal investigator (PI) of the lab is Dario Englot, MD, PhD, a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist. Please see our lab website at www.englotlab.com .
The research assistant will provide, under direct supervision, support for the research projects described above. Duties will include collection of data (MRI and electrophysiology), data analysis with MATLAB and other programs, communication and presentation of results, and assisting in general laboratory operation and inventory. It is anticipated that the applicant will receive valuable scientific experience and contribute to published manuscripts.
A bachelor's degree in an engineering or basic science field is strongly preferred. Experience in MATLAB and/or computer programming are important, and an interest in neuroscience is beneficial. Applicants must be reliable, honest, hard-working, independent, and possess excellent communication skills. Pending or recent college graduates seeking research assistant experience prior to applying to graduate or medical school are also invited to apply. The position will be available August 1, 2018.
JOB SUMMARY: Provide, under direct supervision, support for specified research projects; collect, assess, and communicate data/results. Assist in general laboratory operation and inventory.
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
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