Post-doctoral Positions

Post-doctoral positions in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are available for individuals with an interest in musculoskeletal research. Individuals will have an opportunity to independently direct and manage research activities. This will include overseeing a high-level research team, developing and submitting grant proposals, participating in data management activities, analyzing data, and generating manuscripts for peer-review publication.

Applicants with a background in rehabilitation science, behavioral medicine, public health, epidemiology, clinical-translational, and/or health services research are preferred. Successful applicants will have experience in study design, the conduct of randomized trials, working as part of a team, excellent communication skills, and strong quantitative skills including proficiency with a statistical analysis package (STATA, SPSS, R, etc.). Fellows must have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline. This is a full-time position. Salary is based on NIH postdoctoral trainee stipend levels.


Candidates interested in the clinical laboratory and our research should send a curriculum vitae to Kristin.Archer@vumc.org.


Research Staff Positions


Full-time research coordinator positions are available in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Responsibilities include patient recruitment and follow-up, maintaining and updating study documents, data management, and ongoing communication with provider co-investigators and participating clinics. Applicants with patient experience and strong project management skills are encouraged to apply.


A full-time research analyst position is available in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This position will involve providing statistical support for faculty and staff and data management and quality control for a spine surgery registry. The position would provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience with registry data and patient-reported outcomes. A key responsibility of this position will include using statistical software applications to assemble, manipulate and/or format data reports. Applicants with a Master’s degree and 2 years of experience or equivalent, quantitative field preferred, are encouraged to apply.


Candidates interested in these positions should send a curriculum vitae to carol.e.brannon@vumc.org.


Bridge Year Program


Interested in taking a gap year?  The Archer Orthopaedic Research Lab Bridge Year Program is an excellent paid clinical experience. It's perfect for those interested in pursuing an interactive, patient-oriented gap year for 1 year before medical school matriculation. Students in the program learn about clinical research by independently recruiting participants, completing follow-up data collection, and coordinating patient care while participating in a dynamic and collaborative research group. This unique opportunity allows students to develop strong interpersonal skills with patients and providers. The program also provides a solid foundation for the research process, especially the intricacies of navigating clinic workflows to achieve high-quality data collection and patient care. We are looking for highly energetic students passionate about clinical research and patient care.  Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills, an independent work ethic, and strong attention to detail. The program offers positions in Nashville and surrounding areas.  


Candidates interested in this program should send a curriculum vitae to carol.e.brannon@vumc.org.


Summer Clinical Research Internship Program


Archer Orthopaedic Research Lab has a summer clinical internship program for undergraduate students earning a four-year degree and medical students. This program is designed for students interested in a career in medicine and clinical research. Participants will complete a research project under the directorship of a research mentor and have an opportunity to observe clinical patient care while spending time with residents and attending physicians. Applications are accepted in the fall for the following summer.


Undergraduate candidates interested in this program can find more information here: https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/vssa/undergraduate-clinical-research-internship-program/


Medical students interested in a summer internship should send a curriculum vitae to carol.e.brannon@vumc.org.