Title:  Research Assistant II

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $40,785 - $53,021
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  2556

The research focus of our lab is the role of nutrition in early life on the growth and function of skeletal muscle. The Research Assistant will be involved in projects that will evaluate the effect of diet on skeletal muscle growth and function in experimental animal models. The job will require analytical work on collected specimens using: isolation and handling of primary cell cultures; biochemical, molecular biology, and histological techniques; handling mice, including breeding, genotyping, exercise testing, and metabolic studies. Implementation of approaches to understand epigenetic mechanisms that regulate DNA transcription during development are also anticipated.

Job Duties
  • Plans and conducts research experiments, evaluates and analyzes data, summarizes results for presentation, and reports to principal investigator.
  • Coordinates procedures with collaborators and other lab members.
  • Conducts bench analytical work using a variety of cell and molecular biology techniques, including isolation, culture, and characterization primary cells.
  • Maintains careful and detailed documentation of experiments in lab notebooks and collected data and its analysis. This requires a working knowledge of spreadsheets, some statistics, writing, and word processing skills.
  • Develops new methodologies, identifies problems, and suggests solutions.
  • Ensures that necessary supplies are ordered and available when needed; maintains track of budget.
  • Engages in good laboratory practices to ensure that: the laboratory is clean and organized; equipment is maintained in optimal condition; appropriate safety protocols are followed; institutional regulatory protocols are followed and appropriate documentation is maintained up to date.
  • Assigns responsibilities and instructing less experienced lab members.
  • Conducts literature searches and summarizes information in an appropriate format as needed in support of on-going projects.


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.
  • Requires the ability to perform standard lab procedures including: SDS-PAGE, RNA and DNA isolation, PCR, Western blotting, enzyme assays.
  • Cell culture techniques including isolation and characterization of primary cells in vitro.
  • Experience with flow cytometry methods  is a and genomic techniques are a plus.
  • Experience with histology, microscopy, and chromatography would be helpful.
  • Familiarity with standard lab equipment (centrifuges, electrophoresis, thermocyclers, incubators, etc.)
  • Handling mice and analyzing tissues isolated from them.


  • Trains and orients less experienced staff and students.

Working Conditions:    

  • There is exposure to experimental animals and periodic exposure to radioactive materials, but the work is still viewed as relatively comfortable in a laboratory environment.
  • Will require some weekend work.

Physical Risk:    

  • Frequently handles/works with biohazards or risks for potential job-related injury, such as those found in an ordinary laboratory environment.





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