Research Assistant I - Gene Regulation

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Closing date
May 31, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biochemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist
Organization Type

A full-time Research Assistant I position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jeremy Wilusz, located in the Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Therapeutic Innovation Center (THINC), a center of excellence at BCM that seeks to discover fundamental mechanisms of gene control and to translate these discoveries into early therapeutic development. Our multidisciplinary group aims to reveal new modes of gene regulation, especially novel mechanisms that regulate circular RNAs, RNA stability, pre-mRNA splicing, transcription, or translation. We are looking for a motivated, hard-working individual to join our collaborative, dynamic team where they will perform general molecular and cellular techniques, such as cell culture, DNA and RNA preparation, PCR, plasmid cloning, expression analysis, etc. The candidate is expected to work semi-independently on a research project and also participate in common lab duties (ordering supplies, maintaining stocks of common reagents, etc.). Excellent organizational and record keeping skills are necessary.

Job Duties

  • Conduct and interpret laboratory research experiments to reveal new mechanistic insights into RNA biology.
  • Collect, compile and analyze data in a high quality and detailed manner.
  • Order, prepare, and maintain lab reagents/stocks, including buffers and media, to ensure an up-to-date lab inventory.
  • Comply with established safety procedures and maintain required documentation on laboratory safety.
  • Ensure lab conditions and equipment are properly maintained in accordance with established procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a related field.
  • Experience with basic molecular/cellular biology techniques.
  • The ideal candidate will have a high degree of self-motivation, strong organizational and record keeping skills, and enthusiasm for biomedical research.
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office) as well as good verbal and written communication skills are required.

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.



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