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Senior Research Assistant: Ethical, Social and Legal Issues of Genomics

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Dec 2, 2021

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Life Sciences, Genomics
Position Type
Full Time
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Research Scientist
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Senior Research Assistant: Ethical, Social and Legal Issues of Genomics/Ethics & Health Policy Research

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is hiring a full-time senior research assistant with strong empirical skills to work on NIH-funded research examining ethical, legal, and social issues at the intersection of data sharing and privacy (including the use of genetic genealogy databases to solve crimes, the psychosocial and relational impacts of discovering new genetic relatives through direct-to-consumer genetic testing, and policy issues related to sharing genomic, neural activity, and health data to advance research and improve care). This is a non-laboratory research position.

This position will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Amy McGuire, JD, PhD, and Christi Guerrini, JD, MPH.

Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty, and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care.

The Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy has 18 primary faculty members, 34 secondary faculty, 24 scholars, and over 40 fellows and staff, housed on the main Baylor campus in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The Center regularly hosts journal clubs, career development information sessions, and professional development events, including in-services on grant writing, academic presentations, and goal planning. The Center promotes an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment conducive to academic excellence.

For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at .

Job Duties

• Assist with instrument development (interview/focus group guides, survey experiments, and Delphi materials) and data collection.
• Conduct interviews/focus groups and participate in qualitative data analysis.
• Help organize modified policy Delphi process, including developing materials and analyzing data to develop policy options and best practices.
• Lead and assist with publishing research findings as manuscripts for relevant academic journals.
• Present project findings at local, national, and international meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in bioethics, humanities, public health, social sciences or related field
  • Master's degree in bioethics, humanities, public health, social sciences or related field and two years of experience will also be considered
  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis; experience with qualitative data analysis programs (e.g., Dedoose, nVivo)
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills required; must be able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
  • Track record of publications in scientific and/or medical journals
  • Strong interest in bioethics, health policy, genomics and/or related legal issues
  • Experience with ethical issues in genomics

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.
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