Title:  Research Assistant I - Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics

Division:  Center for Medical Ethics and Health Pol
Schedule:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  Hiring up to $51,683
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  15209


The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is hiring a full-time Research Assistant I with interests in bioethics, social science, health policy, public health, epidemiology, or related field to work on an NIH-funded study examining the social, clinical, and ethical implications of using polygenic risk scores in child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as other studies exploring ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomics. The research assistant will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Stacey Pereira, PhD; Eric A. Storch, PhD; and Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD (Harvard). This is a non-laboratory research position.


For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at www.bcm.edu/ethics.  For more information about working as a research assistant with us, check out our blog, https://blogs.bcm.edu/2021/11/26/research-staff-101-fostering-curiosity-creativity-and-community/.

Job Duties

  • Assist with project oversight.
  • Assist with interview and survey materials development and data collection.
  • Assist with quantitative data management.
  • Conduct interviews and qualitative data analysis (training available).
  • Assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • Assist in the preparation of presentations to share the project’s research in local, national, and international meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or a related field.
  • Two years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology, psychology, STS), health policy, public health, epidemiology, or related field.
  • Experience with research project management.
  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis preferred, but training is available.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required; must be able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines.
  • Strong interest in health policy, genetics and genomics, bioethics, and/or related issues.


About the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Baylor College of Medicine is one of the nation's top academic health sciences centers. The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy is comprised of 18 primary faculty members, 31 secondary faculty, 24 scholars, and over 40 fellows and staff. The Center conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research on perennial and emerging ethical issues arising in clinical practice and in biomedical research in a changing healthcare environment. Center faculty are actively engaged in funded research supported by the NIH and private foundations.



Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.


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