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Center Manager, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology

The Center Manager is part of the Weaver laboratory in the Department of Cell and Developmental biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and is a key manager of grants and scientific projects in the Weaver laboratory. The major responsibility will be to help manage a Program Project Grant (PPG) that is directed by Dr. Alissa Weaver and spans multiple laboratories at Vanderbilt University. This PPG includes 3 Projects and Cores, all devoted to understanding how RNA is trafficked into extracellular vesicles (EVs) in colon cancer cells and the importance of RNA-containing EVs for colon cancer progression. The Center Manager will be responsible for organizing and preparing progress reports for the program, working with administrative support to organize seminars, external advisory board meetings, and retreats. The manager will also help manage the extracellular vesicle purification and analysis core that is part of the PPG. The manager will also help with scientific writing in the Weaver laboratory, including preparing progress reports for other grants, helping to write invited review articles, and other scientific manuscripts. This position requires a collaborative scientist who is adept at and enjoys scientific writing and is interested in managing scientific projects. The Center Manager will work closely with Dr. Weaver to achieve these goals.

The Weaver laboratory performs state-of-the art research in the fields of extracellular vesicles, cancer, cell motility, cytoskeleton, membrane trafficking, and cancer metastasis. We use cell biological, biochemical, molecular, whole animal, and quantitative systems biology approaches to understand the fundamental functions of extracellular vesicles in normal health and disease and how alterations in basic cellular processes lead to cancer invasiveness and aggressiveness. For further information please see: Also please see:

The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment for cutting edge research over a scale that spans seven powers of ten, from single molecules to whole organisms. The difference between a test tube and a cell is spatio-temporal organization, and we study molecular, cellular and tissue organization in many of the laboratories within our department, seeking insights into fundamental biological questions and human disease. We are an interactive and highly collaborative department, with a strong graduate student association, outstanding core facilities, a top- ranked developmental biology program, and exceptionally strong faculty.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Proactively organize and write grant progress reports in a timely, well-written manner to meet deadlines and provide accurate accounts
  • Work together with Dr. Weaver to proactively set goals for Projects and Cores in the PPG, and in particular help organize the Extracellular Vesicle Purification and Analysis Core to meet those goals
  • Organize retreats, seminar speakers, and external advisory board meetings for the PPG
  • Support progress report preparation and submission for other grants in the Weaver laboratory
  • Draft and edit scientific publications, including invited reviews and technical reports


  • A Ph.D. in a relevant area of biomedical science is necessary
  • Experience in managing scientific programs is preferred
  • Experience in scientific writing is preferred. This may include scientific publications and invited reviews. A writing sample may also be requested as part of the interview process.
  • Must enjoy working with diverse personalities and collaborating

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At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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