Title:  Laboratory Helper

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $9.00 - $11.00 per hour
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  6446


The lab focuses on how carotenoids, a class of colorful compounds in fruits and vegetables, are absorbed and metabolized, impact cancer prevention, and promote maternal and child health. Of particular interest is how human genetic variation impacts responses to dietary carotenoids. Job tasks will include cleaning and maintaining lab equipment and supplies, and assisting with biologic materials (human cell lines, blood, and tissues), analytical chemistry of carotenoids and other dietary compounds (extractions and HPLC), and routine lab analyses (RT-PCR, qRT-PCR, Western blotting, genotyping) under established procedures to assure personal and lab safety. Job duties will be overseen by laboratory staff and laboratory director.

Job Duties

  • Prepare supplies and reagents for laboratory and human research.
  • Operate autoclave.
  • Retrieve, wash, dry, sterilize, and redistribute laboratory glassware.
  • Enter data.
  • Document results of experiments.
  • Maintain related databases of lab inventory.
  • Engage in good laboratory practices such as keeping the laboratory area clean and organized.
  • Perform routine maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Participate in the scholarship of the laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • No experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Enrolled in or completion of at least one college-level wet laboratory course.
  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a related basic science: chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, nutrition, kinesiology, health sciences.
  • Demonstrated interest in biological science through advanced coursework or participation in special science-focused clubs or programs.
  • If in second year of Bachelor’s degree or beyond, demonstrated academic success in science coursework.
  • Successful candidates will have excellent interpersonal and time management skills, and will be self-motivated, reliable, efficient, methodical, and show an attention to detail.





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