Title:  Senior Research Assistant - Bioethics and Artificial Intelligence

Division:  Center for Medical Ethics and Health Pol
Schedule:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  Hiring up to $63,723
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  13035


The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a full-time Senior Research Assistant for a non-laboratory research position. The individual hired will be responsible for providing research support on projects examining the ethical, legal and social implications of emerging technologies in healthcare, including digital health and artificial intelligence, computer perception (e.g. digital phenotyping) and privacy-by-design technologies (blockchain).


The Senior Research Assistant will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Dr. Kristin Kostick-Quenet.

In addition to supporting the Center’s robust research program, the Senior Research Assistant will also have the opportunity to participate in professional and academic development sessions hosted by the Center. Such development opportunities include journal clubs, speaker series, career development information sessions, peer mentorship, and programming on grant writing, academic presentations, and goal planning. The Center promotes an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment conducive to academic excellence. 


This position may be eligible for hybrid work arrangements.


The Center cultivates a culture of intentionality, respect, inclusivity, and collaboration. We offer intellectual, social, and professional development opportunities to promote a meaningful work experience. We are reflective and mindful of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in both interactions with one another.


For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at www.bcm.edu/ethics. For more information about working as a research assistant with us, check out our blog,  https://blogs.bcm.edu/2021/11/26/research-staff-101-fostering-curiosity-creativity-and-community/.



Job Duties

  • Manage instrument development (interview/focus group guides, survey experiments and Delphi materials) and data collection for various research projects.
  • Conduct interviews and focus groups and manage qualitative data management and analysis.
  • Develop and execute processes for quantitative data quality control.
  • Manage and clean quantitative datasets stored in database systems.
  • Conduct basic quantitative analysis and produce interpretations of results (e.g., graphs, charts, summary tables).
  • Conduct comprehensive literature searches in the areas of bioethics, science, social science and health policy literature.
  • Assist with publishing research findings as manuscripts in relevant academic journals.
  • Contribute to qualitative (primarily interviews) and quantitative (primarily surveys) data analysis.
  • Contribute to presentation preparation, such as pulling data and drafting slides.
  • Attend project meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field. 
  • Four years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or PhD in bioethics, law, social or computer sciences, health policy, public health, philosophy or related field
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative methodologies and data analysis software programs (e.g., MAXQDA, Dedoose, nVivo, SPSS, STATA)
  • Strong interest in bioethics, digital health, health policy, artificial intelligence, psychiatry and/or related issues
  • Track record of publications in scientific and/or medical journals preferred
  • Ability to display a professional, positive attitude with strong interpersonal skills and communication skills required and must be able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
  • Team oriented, collaborative mindset with an interest in creating value in any situation with insightful questions and suggestions
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, efficient, and strong organizational skills 
  • Demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in accepting work assignments with the ability to effectively prioritize tasks, understand processes, and resolve issues 


About the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine is one of the nation's top academic health sciences centers. The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy is comprised of 18 primary faculty members, 31 secondary faculty, 24 scholars, and over 40 fellows and staff. The Center conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research on perennial and emerging ethical issues arising in clinical practice and in biomedical research in a changing healthcare environment. Center faculty are actively engaged in funded research supported by the NIH and private foundations.


About Houston
Houston is one of the most racially, ethnically, and internationally diverse cities in the United States and supports world class cultural institutions – such as the Alley Theater, the Menil Collection and Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Symphony – four professional sports teams, and cuisines from around the world. Houston and its suburbs offer a wide range of affordable housing and family-oriented programs and activities.



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.