Research Associate - Metabolic Disorders

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

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

The Burrage Laboratory is interested in the genetic and biochemical basis for rare diseases. We combine laboratory-based approaches and clinical/translational studies to investigate rare diseases with a particular focus on inborn errors of metabolism. Our long-term goal is to gain greater understanding of the long-term complications of these disorders so that we can optimize management strategies for our patients. Simultaneously, we use these rare disorders as models for understanding basic biological processes that impact more common diseases. In addition, the laboratory participates in large collaborative studies of a wide variety of rare diseases within the Baylor College of Medicine Undiagnosed Diseases Network and Baylor College of Medicine Center for Precision Medicine Models. The Burrage Laboratory is within the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics which ranks first in funding from the National Institutes of Health among genetics departments across the country and which has large, nationally-recognized clinical and research programs focusing on rare and undiagnosed diseases. This position is suitable for candidates who are interested in a wide variety of career pathways and individualized professional development will be supported.

Job Duties

  • Plans, directs and conducts independent research experiments using cell and/or animal models (e.g., mouse) of rare genetic / metabolic disorders
  • Organizes, analyzes, and interprets research data
  • Performs basic molecular genetic laboratory techniques such as PCR, qPCR, western blots, and molecular cloning
  • Performs tissue culture
  • Establishes new research protocols and procedures in the laboratory
  • Independently and critically reviews the scientific literature
  • Summarizes research findings and publishes results in research journals and presents work at national or international meetings
  • Communicates effectively with members of the team
  • Supervises and trains students (e.g. summer students, graduate students) and other junior research staff members

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

  • Ph.D. and/or M.D. in genetics, nutrition, biochemistry, molecular biology or related field.
  • Experience working with mouse models (e.g. breeding, tissue harvest, etc) and performing basic molecular genetic laboratory techniques such as PCR, qPCR, western blots, and molecular cloning.
  • Experience with tissue culture and induced pluripotent stem cells is preferred but not mandatory.

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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