Job Title:  Research Technician III
Division:  Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Work Arrangement: 
Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range :  $37,147 - $42,714
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  18607
Job Description: 

Summary

The Estes Lab at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a Research Technician III. This laboratory performs basic and clinical research related to gastrointestinal (GI) virus replication, cell-host interactions and pathogenesis. A new project is to identify the human norovirus receptor, mechanisms of entry, and new targets for drug development. This Research Technician will be heavily involved in the organoid project with the GI virus, human norovirus, but will also support postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in their focused molecular biology experimental research projects. The Research Technician will also assist in the running and organization of the lab and perform a variety of experimental techniques under general supervision.

Job Duties

  • Performs experiments using molecular biology technologies including western blot, viral and bacterial cultivation.
  • Performs mammalian and organoid cell culture.
  • Performs qRT-PCR analysis of clinical samples with detailed record keeping.
  • Participates in lab meetings and reads applicable literature. 
  • Prepares figures and assists in writing related to experiments performed. 
  • Maintains lab supplies and inventory (ordering, stocking, preparing solutions/media).
  • Maintains general lab environment, including, but not limited to , equipment maintenance, and repairs, organization, and cleanliness of the lab. 
  • Maintains and ensures compliance with biosafety and laboratory regulations. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field. Four years of related experience may substitute for degree requirement.
  • One year of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in basic science or a related. field.
  • Experience in molecular biology, excellent septic technique and general skills common to a microbiology lab are a must. Preference given for experience in virology research, PCR and CRISPR. 
  • Strong documentation and organizational skills with the ability to keep accurate records of all work performed. 
  • Good analytical and computer skills. 
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn new techniques with instruction.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic, including ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, use good judgment and complete duties.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and professionally in a team with diverse backgrounds. 
Requisition ID:  18607