Title:  Research Technician II - Biochemist, Molecular Biologist in Epigenetics

Division:  Molecular and Cell Biology
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (tentative)
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $28,710 - $38,830
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  9703


About Us: The lab of Dr. Kyle Eagen (www.eagenlab.org) at Baylor College of Medicine focuses on elucidating how DNA folds within cells and how DNA misfolding relates to human disease, including cancer.  Baylor College of Medicine, one of the top ranked medical schools in the country, is well known for its exceptional and innovative research and clinical achievements. The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology has been provided substantial resources by the College towards expanding interdisciplinary research in the molecular, cellular, biochemical, and genetic bases of human disease, with the additional advantage of using multiple model systems in the process. Dr. Eagen’s lab is dedicated to state-of-the-art molecular research using interdisciplinary approaches, the newest of technologies, and the education and training of the next generation of scientists and physician scientists. The lab is located in the Texas Medical Center, the largest biomedical complex in the world, immediately adjacent to Houston’s vibrant Museum District and Hermann Park.

About the Position: A research technician position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Kyle Eagen in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. The research technician will expand upon a dynamic research program dedicated to understanding the molecular basis of nuclear organization and genome architecture. S/he will be responsible for taking on highly interdisciplinary projects and key functions in this endeavor, including projects focusing on molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, as well as genomics approaches using next-generation DNA sequencing technology. S/he will work side-by-side with Dr. Eagen to develop cutting-edge scientific skills as the lab expands into new research areas.

The ideal candidate should be highly motivated, well organized, manage time effectively, and have the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. S/he will also be required to conduct experimental research lab work and assist in the design of one or more specific phases of entire projects. Previous experience with molecular biology and/or biochemistry is essential for this position. 


Job Duties

  • Follows overall research objectives and protocols to design, set-up, conduct, and troubleshoot experiments.
  • Evaluates protocols and data obtained from experiments and recommends changes to processes, procedures and techniques to improve the quality and validity of results based on project objectives.
  • Completes mathematical calculations and/or computer analysis to assist in analyzing and judging validity of data.
  • Uses a fully functional to advanced level of skill, completes the following activities:
    • Molecular Biology
      • Isolates and purify DNA, RNA, and/or protein.
      • PCR and RT-PCR.
      • Prepares plasmids.
      • Clones, maps, and sequences DNA.
    • Cellular Biology
      • Cell culture, transfection, and transgene expression
      • CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing
      • Functional studies.
    • Administrative
      • Maintains detailed records of research experiments and other laboratory related data including collecting, recording, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting research data.
      • Prepares charts and graphs for presentations and publications.
      • Searches and evaluates scientific literature in support of research projects.
      • Tracks and summarizes lab supply expenses and verify accuracy of invoices.
      • Orders and maintains inventory of laboratory reagents and supplies.
      • Writes portions of grant applications, manuscripts, and publications.
      • Co-authors scientific papers.
  • Follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations and Good Laboratory Practices.
  • Effectively interacts with team members to make important contributions on big problems while ensuring a high standard of laboratory organization.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field. Four years of related experience may substitute for degree requirement.
  • No experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work independently and in a team environment
  •  A record of taking initiative to solve problems and working to high-quality standards
  • Attention to detail and accurate record keeping
  • Ability to multitask, work and learn independently, and be self-motivated
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s, master’s, or higher degree in Biology or Chemistry.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to follow detailed instructions as required by research protocols
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including spreadsheets and basic computations
  • Manual dexterity



Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.


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