Title:  Research Technician II - Virology

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $28,710 - $38,830
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  15966


The Department of Pediatrics Division of Tropical Medicine seeks a highly motivated Research Technician II to work in the Laboratory for Translational Virology. The purpose of the position is to conduct responsible research work in virology, immunology, and epidemiology. The project will primarily focus on developing vaccines and treatments for viral pathogens and includes performing ELISAs, PCR, and other assays for the project. The technician is expected to keep up to date with the scientific literature, prepare protocols, and prepare reports of data and contribute to writing manuscripts. Research Technician II will practically and intellectually contribute to other complex research projects within the Division of Tropical Medicine as needs arise and contribute to a high-paced environment with an established team.

Job Duties

  • Performs specialized research experiments in BSL2 and BSL3 environments.
  • Works on techniques for these projects that include cell culture maintenance, DNA preparation, PCR, flow cytometry, and ELISA. These also include performing laboratory work in virology, including infectious work with in vitro and in vivo models, and viral titration assays.
  • Works independently and in conjunction with others who are part of the Laboratory for Translational Virology.
  • Selects and performs appropriate research procedures and communicates assistance needed in a timely manner.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data and provides reports on requested timelines.
  • Ensures quality control of laboratory procedures, that includes test validations.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data. 
  • Performs additional routine laboratory procedures to assist in the lab's research.
  • Develops research techniques and performs applications required for specific research projects.
  • Maintains an accurate, up-to-date, organized, and legible lab notebook that records all data according to methods requested.
  • Conducts literature searches and summarizes information in an appropriate format.
  • Aids in maintenance of lab equipment and environment.

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

  • Has laboratory animal experience.
  • Has excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work in a team.


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.