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GRA Position Open in Biomedical Research Projects


The Comparative & Experimental Medicine Graduate Program and the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applicants for a Graduate Assistant (PhD) who will assist in the planning and implementation of biomedical research projects in the fields of comparative cancer biology.

Position Description

Reporting to Nora Springer, the Graduate Assistant is responsible for designing and conducting research experiments to explore the link between obesity and cancer development. Experiments will utilize tissues and cells derived from human and animal sources. Common techniques used in the laboratory include cell culture, immunohistochemistry/ immunofluorescence, microscopy, ELISA, western blotting, PCR, and flow cytometry.

Duties and Responsibilities

The graduate assistant is expected to maintain complete records of experimental protocols, trouble shooting, and results. The graduate assistant is expected to assist in the development of new lab protocols. Animal handling may be required. Outcomes of the PhD graduate assistantship include preparing and publishing manuscripts, presentation of results at scientific conferences, submission of proposals for grants and fellowships, and successful defense of a dissertation. The graduate assistant may work directly with veterinary students or laboratory technologists, assist with training of new lab members, and be responsible for other duties as assigned. Teaching opportunities might be available depending on need and graduate assistant interest.


Minimum qualification is a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or other biomedical or laboratory science. Candidates with postbaccalaureate training such as MS or professional degree (DVM, MD, DO, DDS, DNP, etc) are encouraged to apply.


Benefits include a $20,000 annual salary plus health insurance benefits and full tuition/fees coverage.

Application Process

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Nora Springer, PhD, at

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