The Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN is excited to recruit a full-time research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. John Eley. The research team seeks to improve outcomes for pediatric brain-cancer patients and to better understand and reduce the neuroinflammatory and cognitive side effects of radiotherapy. The research assistant will conduct interdisciplinary research in the areas of neurobiology, behavior, and experimental particle therapy.
The ideal candidate will work in the radiation oncology laboratory, the neurobehavioral core laboratory, and the imaging laboratory, occasionally travel to assist with experiments using high-energy protons, ions, or x rays, take a primary role in animal studies of radiation toxicity in the developing brain, plan and lead the experimental activity with the PI, keep meticulous records of animal research activities, analyze experimental data, and receive training on computational data analysis and writing of scientific manuscripts.
Qualifications: Candidates with interest in experimental brain cancer therapy, animal studies of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration, cognitive / behavioral testing in rodents, brain development, and basic neuroscience are encouraged to apply. A bachelor's degree in Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biophysics, Biology, Biochemistry, or a closely related field is required. Candidates with prior research experience including radiation oncology, rodent behavioral testing, CNS immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, and/or digital image analysis will be preferred.
The planned tasks involve: partial-brain irradiations of rodents using experimental radiotherapies, behavioral testing of rodents, histologic and microscopic studies of neuroinflammation and neurogenesis after irradiation, MRI studies to assess CNS damage after irradiation, assessment of neuron function after irradiation, investigation of cellular activation by radiation, computational and statistical analysis of microscope images and behavioral data, and rodent brain-tumor survival studies after therapy.
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
CORE ACCOUNTABILITIES :
Organizational Impact: Performs non-routine tasks that significantly impact team's performance with minimal guidance.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Conducts research and analysis to solve some non-routine problems.
Breadth of Knowledge: Applies broad job knowledge and has basic job skills in other areas.
Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to less experienced team members.
* Bachelors Diploma (or equivalent experience) and <1 years of experience.
EXPERIENCE: Superior verbal/written English communication skills, including excellent grammatical, editing and proofreading skills. Excellent organizational skills. Attention to detail and ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously. Highly proficient with Microsoft Office applications (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook) and web browsers. Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment. Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to be socially perceptive in accepting and relaying confidential information, communicating policies and procedures, and interacting effectively with a variety of Medical Center personnel and outside oncology organizations. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues as well as national, international oncology organizations. Strong problem solving skills; proactive and resourceful. Proven ability to work with confidential information.
* Day Shift/ NonExempt Position
* The Department of Radiation Oncology provides multidisciplinary, state of the art therapy that utilizes techniques such as stereotactic radiosurgery, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), three dimensional treatment planning, brachytherapy, and intraoperative radiation therapy at four convenient locations. We are dedicated to improving treatment outcomes of all diseases treated with radiation and to finding new medical uses of radiation. Related to these goals is the education of graduate students, post-doctoral students and residents who will enter the field of radiation medicine including the allied field of Medical Physics.
Our team provides state-of-the-art anti-cancer therapy for patients through the use of new technology and continuous review of patient treatment outcome. We will continue to evaluate and improve the therapeutic effects of radiation from five fronts:
1. Basic science research to identify new biological modifiers and therapeutic targets.
2. Interaction with industry (pharmaceutical, imaging and radiotherapy) to validate the efficacy of new therapeutic tools.
3. Medical physics research to improve the accuracy, precision and methods of radiotherapy delivery.
4. Clinical research to study the benefits of new therapy treatments in patients.
5. Development of new radiotherapy facilities throughout the region to provide the best care for all patients.
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