Title:  Research Assistant I

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $37,463 - $43,000
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  6271


We are seeking a talented Research Assistant to join our team. The Chao Laboratory (https://www.bcm.edu/research/labs/hsiao-tuan-chao) is located at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, which is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. Our team is engaged in basic and translational neuroscience, genetics, and human disease research with a focus on neural circuit development and function. Disorders that we are studying including epilepsy, autism, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions. We utilize multiple approaches including human genetics, fruit fly and mouse models, molecular biology, cell culture, electrophysiology, and animal behavior.


We are looking for a motivated, organized, and resourceful scientist with expertise in molecular biology, genetics, or neuroscience to accelerate our efforts to elucidate childhood neurologic disorders such as epilepsy, autism, and intellectual disability. Excellent communication and documentation skills will be critical for this position. Clinical experience will be beneficial to our human genetics study. The Research Assistant will have the opportunity identify novel neurologic disorders, implement multidisciplinary techniques, learn new skills, and be part of an enjoyable workplace.

Job Duties

  • Use molecular biology, cell culture, and imaging techniques to examine genetic changes and construct functional studies in fruit fly and mouse models
  • May supervise research projects of less experienced trainees or research staff and assist with training
  • Perform procedures and establish protocols required for specific research projects
  • Plan and perform husbandry of fruit fly and mouse colony
  • Assist PI in project and lab management
  • Work independently and within a team
  • Design, plan, and execute research experiments
  • Evaluate and analyze data
  • Document results of experiments and report to principal investigator
  • Present at research laboratory meetings and assist with publication preparation
  • May assist as needed with interviewing, screening, recruiting, and scheduling patients for study
  • Write/edit and maintain compliance and regulatory documents for research studies and protocols
  • Lab maintenance including oversight of equipment maintenance, repair, and environmental waste management
  • Supply management including oversight of supply inventory, procurement, and receiving for the lab
  • Support the development and use of a bank of biological samples

Minimum Qualifications

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





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