Title:  Research Assistant I - Alzheimer's disease

Division:  Neuroscience
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $38,212 - $51,683
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  8824


The Jankowsky Lab is looking for a smart and dedicated research assistant to support lab management, mouse husbandry, and ongoing molecular/histological projects in our work on Alzheimer’s disease. The laboratory develops and studies genetically altered mouse models to understand the cause of disease and test new treatments for dementia. Responsibilities of this position are split between the laboratory and the vivarium.  Laboratory responsibilities include general lab management, supply maintenance, support of ongoing projects (perfusions, dissections, tissue sectioning, immunostaining, imaging, analysis), and PCR genotyping. Vivarium responsibilities include breeding, weaning, toe biopsies, record keeping, and communication with vivarium staff. The position also offers the possibility to become involved in ongoing research projects in the lab alongside current lab members. The best candidates will have excellent organizational skills and a basic understanding of neuroscience; in return, we will provide training in all required techniques and offer a supportive working environment. 
To learn more about the Joanna Jankowsky Lab, please visit:  https://www.bcm.edu/research/labs-and-centers/faculty-labs/joanna-jankowsky-lab 

Job Duties

  • Mouse husbandry including breeding, genotyping, weaning, and euthanasia to maintain multiple mouse strains.
  • Maintains accurate colony records for the laboratory, including implementation and oversight of new colony management software.
  • Collects tissues from animals and works with other researchers to perform downstream analyses.
  • Trains and orients less experienced research staff and students.
  • Oversees maintenance of lab equipment and environment.  
  • Lab inventory, ordering, and receiving. 
  • Defines problems and identifies possible solutions.

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.
  • Experience handling lab mice or rats and working with genetically engineered lines, prior experience with basic laboratory techniques including PCR or histology. 





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