Title:  Research Associate - Molecular Cloning

Division:  Neuroscience
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  Hiring up to $75,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  18499


The St-Pierre Lab  https://www.bcm.edu/people-search/francois-st-pierre-31095 develops fluorescent biosensors and light-gated channels to image and control neural activity, respectively. For example, see our publication in Cell for an exciting new voltage indicator for recording electrical dynamics in awake behaving mice (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2022.07.013). We also develop optogenetic silencers, synthetic circuits to control protein expression, and new high-throughput methods to map phenotypes to genotypes. We are looking for a motivated, organized, and resourceful scientist with experience in molecular cloning to accelerate our efforts to build and disseminate these tools of broad utility. The Research Associate should be detail oriented and have strong organizational skills.  We will consider candidates with extensive molecular cloning experience, ideally with cell culture experience also.

Job Duties

  • Plans, directs and conducts research experiments.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • Develops research techniques and performs applications required for specific research projects.
  • May conduct literature searches and summarize information in an appropriate format for a particular study.
  • Documents results of experiments and reports to principal investigators.
  • May supervise, schedule and coordinate the activities of less experienced research staff.
  • Uses molecular biology techniques to assemble new gene expression vectors and construct large mutagenesis libraries.
  • Transfects libraries in mammalian cells.
  • Evaluates the expression and function of new constructs by microscopy, cytometry (FACS), or both.
  • Helps maintain the lab by participating in lab responsibilities.
  • Manages our Recombinant DNA Protocols.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Basic Science or a related field.  Experience in lieu of degree will not be accepted.
  • Three years of relevant experience typically as a Research Assistant, Research Technician or Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate.



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