Research Specialist - Flow Cytometry

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Dallas, Texas
Competitive salary plus benefits
Closing date
Jun 11, 2022

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Life Sciences, Cell Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

We are currently looking for a detail-oriented, proactive Research Specialist – Flow Cytometry to work in the Moody Foundation Flow Cytometry Core facility under the direction of Dr. Sean Morrison at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI), UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. The Morrison lab’s goal is to better understand the mechanisms that regulate stem cell function and how cancer cells hijack these mechanisms to enable tumor formation. A better understanding of these mechanisms offers the potential for new regenerative medicine and cancer therapies. For more information about the Morrison lab, please visit


The ideal candidate is an organized, proactive professional who will support the lab’s research in a specialized capacity with all aspects of flow cytometry, specimen analysis, core facility utilization scheduling, training, and day-to-day supervision of the Research Technician. This would be an excellent role for a scientifically-minded professional with strong flow cytometry experience who enjoys helping others build their technical skills and who is looking for a long-term stable position with a top-notch academic research facility.

Essential Duties:

  • Establish, maintain, and lead complex operations and analyses of specimens in a research environment.

  • Operate flow cytometers, including sorters and analyzers, maintain equipment, and establish quality control procedures.

  • Work closely with research scientists and assist in the training of new users.

  • Schedule, record, and track utilization for the facility.

  • Supervise the Research Technician.




  • A bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related discipline is required.


  • A minimum of 5 years of flow cytometry experience is required.

  • Previous experience with training others on techniques, creating quality control procedures, and equipment maintenance is preferred.

  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong initiative, self-motivation, and capacity for creative problem solving.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong organizational skills, customer service skills, and time management skills.

  • Strong attention to detail and recordkeeping skills.

  • Proficient computer skills (PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).

  • Ability to train others on flow cytometry techniques and equipment usage.

  • Ability to supervise and direct the work of others.

  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team.

  • Ability to interact positively with all levels of staff.

  • Ability to work efficiently and be adaptable to changing priorities.


Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.


Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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