Research Assistant I – (Hearing Science/ Communication Disorders/ Neuroscience Experience Preferred) – Term Position
Discovery Vanderbilt University Medical Center:
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences conducts research, teaching and clinical programs associated with the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences; housed in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center (VBWC) for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences. The VBWC is a clinical and research facility serving middle Tennessee and neighboring states with over 50,000 patient visits annually and research funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and various foundation and industry sources. In 2005 the Center moved into a $61 million facility.
The VBWC includes audiology and speech-language pathology clinics, otolaryngology clinics, a rehabilitation clinic emphasizing treatment of traumatic brain injury, a voice center, and programs for early intervention in developmental communication problems. In addition, there are extensive facilities dedicated to research, including well-equipped speech, language, hearing and voice laboratories and a large anechoic chamber. The Department is closely affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center located on the Vanderbilt campus.
The Research Assistant I will provide, under direct supervision, support for federally funded research projects related to physiologic responses in humans. This will include following research protocols, preparing materials for data collection, assisting laboratory personnel in data collection, working with data and related software, and maintaining the laboratory in support of the lab investigators.
This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, non-exempt term position lasting six months up to one year.
Assist in collection of data from human participants of all ages
Under supervision, run experiments and record results
Read and follow experimental protocols
Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments
Compile and prepare data for research reports
Work with large datasets with attention to detail and accuracy
Compile and communicate results to supervisor
Work with the research team in participant recruitment
Work with the research team in support of laboratory activities
Hearing Science/ Communication Disorders/ Neuroscience Experience Preferred
Strong attention to detail and accuracy
Strong Excel background
Experience with databases and data management
Willingness to learn additional software programs
Willingness to work with human research participants
Ability to work independently and communicate effectively
We have free employee parking with no need for shuttle
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.
Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disea...se.
As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.
Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.