Research Associate - Pediatrics - Nutrition (90002446)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7072156 (Ref:5298-en_US)

Posted: November 13, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Research Associate will perform advanced research regarding the neural control of feeding, metabolism, and body weight, as well as the impact of brain-gut axis and microbiota on obesity, mental, and neurodegenerative disorders. The lab is currently on the path to publish a series of manuscripts supported by NIH and USDA grants. The Research Associate will have the great opportunity to contribute to these exciting projects and be co-authored in high-profile journals.  The laboratory is associated with USDA Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Children’s Hospital. For additional information about this lab, please visit

Job Duties
  • Performs experiments and data analysis in transgenic mouse models, including stereotactic brain surgery, viral-based neural circuit mapping and gene targeting, opto-/chemo-genetics, in vivo calcium-sensor analysis, in vivo electrophysiology, real-time feeding, metabolism and exercise analysis, mental and cognitive behavior analysis. The PI will provide necessary training for these cutting-edge neuroscience technologies and sufficient guidance to conduct experimental assays and data analysis.
  • Plans, directs and conducts research experiments.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • Develops research techniques and performs applications required for specific research projects.
  • May conduct literature searches and summarize information in an appropriate format for a particular study.
  • Documents results of experiments and reports to principal investigators.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Basic Science or a related field.  Experience in lieu of degree will not be accepted.
  • Three years of relevant experience typically as a Research Assistant, Research Technician or Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master or Doctoral degree in the broad fields of biology, medicine, chemistry, pharmacy, or nursing.
  • Experience in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, and/or genetics.





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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