Title:  Staff Scientist

Division:  Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Schedule:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  Up to $68,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  1090
Job Purpose

The Staff Scientist conducts projects and supervises the processing of samples in the production pipeline under the general guidance of the project manager but exhibits the ability to plan and implement experiments and analyze their results. The Staff Scientist may have supervisory responsibilities for other laboratory personnel including the technical supervision of technicians. This position will provide responsible and skilled technical assistance in support of research projects including assistance with project scoping, data generation, analysis, scientific writing, audits and reporting. Daily tasks include documenting, evaluating, analyzing, monitoring and communicating about scientific and collaborative projects. Status report generation, data presentations, and manuscript preparation are also some of the routine duties and responsibilities for this position. Interaction with a variety of collaborators will be routine so a high level of interpersonal communication skills is needed. He/she should be flexible and adapt to the clinic environment and commit to finishing goals in a timely manner. The position is focused on qPCR design, execution, and analysis.  Qualified candidates should be good at multi-tasking, problem-solving, and have strong communication skills. Experience with compliance (CAP/CLIA/GxP) is preferred.  Will require weekly interaction with business development team and customers/collaborators.

Job Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator:

  • Plans, directs and conducts research experiments.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • Develops research techniques and performs applications required for specific research projects.
  • May conduct literature searches and summarize information in an appropriate format for a particular study.
  • Documents results of experiments and reports to principal investigators.
  • May supervise, schedule and coordinate the activities of less experienced research staff.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Required: Doctoral Degree. Experience may not be substituted in lieu of degree.


Required: Three years of post doctoral research experience.

Required: Demonstrated experience in PCR, RT-PCR, TaqMan(R) qPCR.

Required: Proven proficiency in data analysis, research design, troubleshooting, and the evaluation of new techniques and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred: Ph.D. in the field of Microbiology or Similar.


Preferred: Experience in statistical analysis and /or in the genomic analysis of microbial community data.

Preferred: Two years GxP regulated laboratory experience.

Preferred: Expertise in the methods and techniques of molecular biology and microbiology.

Preferred: Broad familiarity of applications associated with RT-qPCR and next generation sequencing (NGS).





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