Research Associate

Houston, Texas
November 20 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

We are seeking a highly motivated, responsible, and organized individual to join our group at USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center as a Research Associate. We are interested in the fundamental mechanisms of whether and how the brain mediates obesity and metabolic disorders. Through a combination of in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo approaches, we are currently identifying key neural signaling pathways of obesity and type 2 diabetes. By manipulating the neural pathways, we hope to find a new approach to improve and reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes. This position provides exciting opportunities for candidates to develop new skills in the interface of neuroscience and metabolism, an exciting new frontier in brain research.

Job Duties

  • Performs complex research of an advanced nature under the general direction of the Principal Investigator.
  • Plans, directs, and conducts research experiments, including metabolic studies in mice, brain surgeries in mice, tissue culture, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, biochemical analysis (western blot and qPCR), and mouse husbandry.
  • Collects, evaluates, and analyzes data, and prepares manuscripts for publications.
  • Develops research techniques and performs applications required for specific research projects.
  • Trains new lab members, junior lab members, and students.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Basic Science or a related field. Experience in lieu of degree will not be accepted.
  • Three years of relevant experience typically as a Research Assistant, Research Technician or Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and proficiency in animal handling techniques (intraperitoneal injections, intravenous injections, subcutaneous injections, oral gavage, etc) and performing animal survival surgeries.
  • Experience in Neuroscience or Metabolism.

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

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