Title:  Research Assistant II

Division:  Neuroscience
Schedule:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $40,785-$45,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  1864
Job Purpose

We are seeking a talented Research Assistant to join our team (www.stpierrelab.com; Twitter: @StPierreLab). Our lab develops and applies new molecular tools to accelerate research. For example, we develop protein-based fluorescent biosensors for measuring neural activity and synthetic gene networks for controlling protein production. We are looking for a motivated, organized, and resourceful scientist with expertise in molecular cloning to accelerate our efforts to build and disseminate tools of broad utility. The ability to properly document results is critical for this position. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop cutting-edge molecular technologies, learn new skills, and be part of an enjoyable workplace.

Job Responsibilities

•        Use modern techniques to assemble new expression vectors and construct large mutagenesis libraries.

•        Test novel tools (e.g. sensors) in mammalian cells and characterize them using microscopy.

•        Disseminate novel tools to the broader scientific community, making new contacts along the way.

•        Assist our lab manager with lab administration when needed.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Required: Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field.


  • Required: Three years of relevant experience.


  • None required.
Preferred Qualifications


  • Preferred: Master's degree in a related field.

Candidates *must* be able to routinely clone into plasmid vectors. Candidates must therefore be able to design primers, perform PCR, gel extraction, transformation, and miniprepping. Highly desired: the ability to stitch two or more DNA fragments in the same vector, for example using overlap PCR, In-Fusion, or Gibson Assembly. Microscopy and tissue culture experience are also desired.





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