Title:  Research Associate

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  up to $70,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  12090


A research associate position in neuroscience/metabolism is available at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  This position will focus on translational research on the genetic causes of obesity, utilizing clinical findings to determine underlying mechanisms of weight gain.  The ideal candidate will hold a Bachelor's degree or higher in the life sciences and have experience in molecular biology and genetics.  Candidates are expected to have experience with molecular and cell biology techniques, including qPCR, western blots, immunohistochemistry, RNAi, mutagenesis, and cell culture.  The candidate may help with mouse experiments, but these will not be a major part of the day-to-day activities.


The Sisley lab is in the Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Our research focuses on the brain control of energy and glucose homeostasis.  We are specifically interested in 1) the role of the vitamin D receptor in the brain on glucose control and 2) the effect of genetic variations on weight regulation.  Our ultimate goals are to understand the biology of obesity and diabetes, and to use this knowledge to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with obesity and/or diabetes.

Job Duties

  • Collects, compiles and analyzes data using Microsoft Excel and GraphPad Prism.
  • Selects, evaluates and applies techniques for routine molecular work (such as westerns and rtPCR).
  • Conducts cell culture experiments.
  • Conducts immunohistochemistry experiments on cells and brain tissue.
  • Supervises undergraduate students.
  • Helps train graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience post-degree in molecular techniques (qPCR, Western blots, immunohistochemistry) and cell culture 
  • Experience with neuroanatomy, iPSC culture, and basic animal handling
  • Over 5 years of laboratory experience
  • Desire to contribute to publications and present research at meetings



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