Research Assistant - CV Regeneration

Houston Methodist Academic Insistute
Houston, Texas (US)
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Oct 2, 2022

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Health Sciences, Cardiovascular
Position Type
Full Time
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Dr. Guangyu Wang’s Lab within the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences in Houston Methodist, Weill Cornell Medical College is seeking a Research Assistant in support of research projects by completing assignments requiring a basic knowledge of fundamental mathematic and computer science knowledge and practices related to a particular field of academics or research. Applicants must have excellent computer, written, and oral communication skills. Research Assistant (Basic Research) supports Principal Investigators and laboratory members. With a basic understanding of scientific theory and methodology, the Research Assistant is expected to manage experiment data and execute standard analysis based on established software under the supervision of PI, and perform basic data management tasks including the recording of results in lab members’ analysis and data summarization for grant submissions, presentations, and publications.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Performs basic data analysis according to standard procedures, as assigned by the PI and other scientists. (30%)
  • Demonstrate technical competence in a limited number of statistical techniques and manipulations. (30%)
  • Download or transfer data for analysis, which may include limited analysis and graphic presentation. (20%)
  • Documents all data analysis steps and data in the approved scientific manner. (10%)
  • Conducts background literature research related to assigned projects; summarizes and presents data to PI and other lab staff; assists researchers with the preparation of materials for publication, based on experimental results. (10%)
  • Participate in laboratory meetings, which may involve status updates on current analysis and data summaries. (as needed)
  • Maintain safe, clean, functional, and organized workspace, both in personal and communal spaces. Follows departmental and institutional policies. (as needed)


Minimum Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Houston Methodist Standard

Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.



  • Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
    • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
    • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
    • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
    • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
    • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
  • Focuses on patient/customer safety
  • Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
  • Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
  • Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
  • Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports byenabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job
  • Displays cultural humility, diversity, equity and inclusion principles

  • Actively supports the organization vision, fulfills the mission and abides by the I CARE values



Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.


PEOPLE - 10%

  1. Maintains positive working relationships with Research stakeholders and customers. Actively participates in planning meetings and provides meaningful contributions to drive decision making and next steps. (EF)
  2. Role models to team members effective communication skills, assisting in their development of such skills. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team-focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the research team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent information as it relates to assigned system(s) in a comprehensive manner. (EF)
  3. Fosters staff engagement by demonstrating active listening, requesting and acknowledging feedback, providing rationale when appropriate, and supporting organizational goals. Works towards improving department’s employee engagement score. (EF)



  1. Follows technical instruction in setting up and conducting experiments, including biological assays, quantitative and qualitative analyses. (EF)
  2. Effectively utilizes and operates laboratory and/or computer equipment. (EF)
  3. Tabulates inventory and maintains supplies and equipment. (EF)
  4. Collaborates with PI’s and other research members to provide consistent research collection. (EF)



  1. Maintains records of all tests performed and data collected. (EF)
  2. For laboratory positions: Makes minor modifications and/or repairs on laboratory equipment. Calibrates and operates a variety of laboratory equipment. (EF)
  3. Assists with implementation and education of department-based safety initiatives, standards of practice and protocols. Develops skills of team members and continually assists with improving skills, performance and outcomes. (EF)



  1. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks. (EF)
  2. Provides data and figures for manuscripts and grants. (EF)



  1. Participates in the development or establishment of new laboratory and/or department procedures, including biological assays, quantitative and qualitative analysis. (EF)
  2. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis. (EF)


This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



o Bachelor of Arts or Science in a related field



o Two years’ relevant research or academic experience



o May be required depending on position, refer to addendum if necessary

KSA/ Supplemental Data


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Works well in a team environment, as well as independently, with minimal supervision

o Ability to prioritize frequently, quickly shift tasks, and adapt to a rapidly changing environment





Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional Yes

Other (dept approved) No


On-Call* No


*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.



May require travel within No

Houston Metropolitan area


May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area


**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Please note any other special considerations to this job: Work could be performed in either a laboratory or office environment.

Company Profile

Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies, and treatments. The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,500 staff and trainees, 284 principal investigators and has more than 570 ongoing clinical trials.

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