Title:  Research Technician II - Metagenomics and Microbiome

Division:  Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Schedule:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $28,710 - $38,830
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  14323


The Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research (CMMR) at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is seeking Research Technician with a molecular biology background to work in a production environment processing samples for metagenomics and microbiome research. This technician position is in a CAP/CLIA accredited laboratory and will support projects containing a diverse array of sample types from collaborators around the world.

Job Duties

  • Samples intake that includes data entry and manifest reconciliation.
  • Performs both automated and manual nucleic acid extractions.
  • Performs various PCR assays.
  • Performs nucleic acid quantification that includes multiple fluorometric assays and gel electrophoresis.
  • Performs nucleic acid normalization and pooling in preparation for DNA sequencing.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment and common spaces.
  • Assists in the preparation of laboratory reports.
  • Orders laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Compliances with CAP/CLIA regulatory requirements.

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

  • One year of related experience.
  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques (pipet usage, nucleic acid extraction, PCR, etc..) is a plus.



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.