Research Assistant I - Molecular & Human Genetics - Elsea (90002268)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7069864 (Ref:4774-en_US)

Posted: September 16, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


We are seeking a talented individual to work with our team on two major projects that involve studying the underlying metabolic contributors to pancreatic cancer and the identification of effective treatments, as well as treatment approaches, including gene therapy, for neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Smith-Magenis syndrome. The individual will be responsible for but not limited to the following: literature research, must document and interpret experimental results, deliver lab meeting presentations and conduct both mouse husbandry, cell culture, and molecular biology activities under the direction of the supervisor. The candidate must be proactive and take initiative in all work related tasks. The candidate must have excellent computer, oral and writing skills. It is critical that the candidate possesses a team-centered and goal-oriented mindset and foster a team work environment.


Position involves some weekend hours.

Job Duties
  • Mouse husbandry - weekly husbandry includes but not limited to:  animal health check, weaning, breeding, ear notching, genotyping, weighing, intra-peritoneal injecting and assisting in various surgeries
  • Document and interpret results- keep an organized research notebook, analyze data in a timely manner to be able to confirm results 
  • Literature search - summarizes information in an appropriate format for a particular study, knowledgeable in software programs: including Microsoft Suite, GraphPad Prism, Endnote, and other programs
  • Present ongoing work in lab meetings -  be able to present data acquired from experimental results and to describe project work
  • Cell culture experiments under the direction of the supervisor
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or a related field.
  • Two years of relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a related field
  • Candidate must be have tissue culture experience and know how to split, feed, count and freeze down cells
  • Mammalian cell culture, including transfection and transduction of human cells 
  • Molecular biology techniques: transformation of bacteria, efficient in DNA and RNA manipulations such as purification and quantification, PCR, qPCR and restriction enzyme digestion
  • Mouse husbandry experience is ideal but willing to train

Competitive candidates must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, express a willingness to learn new techniques, display initiative and the ability to work independently and as an integral part of the organizational team. 


In order to be successful in the position, the candidate shall possess the following requirements:  Punctual, organized, meets deadlines, timeliness in responding to phone calls, text messages or emails, understands the importance of cost and adheres to all BCM Code of Conduct requirements.





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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