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Company Name : Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Company Location : Nashville, TN
Job Position : Research Assistant II
Job Category : Jobs in Tennessee

Job Description :

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Primary Location TN-Nashville-Medical Center East (MCE) – South Tower
Organization Otolaryngology 104781
Shift First Shift


We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant who will support our laboratory for NIH-funded studies focused on cochlear implant-related studies in adults.

Studies are funded under the following:

R01DC019088 “Predicting Speech Recognition in Adults Receiving Cochlear Implants”

R21DC019382 “Beyond Clinical Measures: Auditory-Social Experience and Robust Communication Skills in Adults Following Cochlear Implantation”

  • These are two parallel longitudinal studies that investigate the auditory, cognitive, and linguistic factors that predict cochlear implant outcomes in adults over the first two years after implantation, and the relationships of auditory and social experiences to these outcomes.
  • The primary roles of the full-time Research Assistant will be to partner with the Principal Investigators for participant recruitment and scheduling; training of students; oversight of the collection, scoring, and management of participant data (including maintenance of RedCap database); potential writing of abstracts and manuscripts related to these projects (if interested).
  • Ideally (but not required) the applicant would have some experience with computer programming in MatLab to troubleshoot experimental tasks, as well as prior experience with RedCap. Preferred (but not required) background in Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology, Linguistics, or related fields.
  • Info about what access may be needed: CITI human subjects and GCP training will be required.


  • Under moderate supervision, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays
  • Understand and follow experimental protocols (may include animal handling, tissue culture, etc.)
  • Record, compile, interpret, and communicate data/results
  • Follow University safety protocols (may include use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogens)
  • Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions
  • Prepare, operate and troubleshoot equipment in experimental procedures
  • Read and follow all equipment manuals
  • Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and University guidelines
  • Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments
  • Maintain inventories
  • Maintain sterile conditions as required
  • Prepare reagents
  • Demonstrate an understanding of acceptable procedures and techniques
  • Recognize problems and suggest solutions
  • Assist in modifications as directed
  • Provide appropriate written documentation of experiments
  • Prepare preliminary research progress reports
  • Summarize test results appropriately



  • Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team with occasional guidance.
  • Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment.
  • Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area.
  • Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members.



    • Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
    • Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
    • Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one’s own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.


    • Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
    • Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
    • Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees’ effectiveness.


    • Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
    • Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
    • Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.


    • Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
    • Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
    • Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.


    • Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
    • Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.
    • Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.

Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience

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

    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.
    • Occasional: 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

    • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.
    • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

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