Research Assistant I - Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Dec 5, 2022

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

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is hiring a full-time Research Assistant I with interests in bioethics, social science, health policy, public health, epidemiology, or related field to work on an NIH-funded study examining the social, clinical, and ethical implications of using polygenic risk scores in child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as other studies exploring ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomics. The research assistant will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Stacey Pereira, PhD; Eric A. Storch, PhD; and Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD (Harvard). This is an in-person non-laboratory research position.

In addition to supporting the Center's robust research program, the research assistant will also have opportunities participate in professional and academic development sessions hosted by the Center. Such development opportunities include journal clubs, speaker series, career development information sessions, peer mentorship, and programming on grant writing, academic presentations, and goal planning. The Center promotes an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment conducive to academic excellence.

The Center cultivates a culture of intentionality, respect, inclusivity, and collaboration. We offer intellectual, social, and professional development opportunities to promote a meaningful work experience. We are reflective and mindful of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at For more information about working as a research assistant with us, check out our blog,

Job Duties

  • Assist with project oversight
  • Assist with interview and survey materials development and data collection
  • Assist with quantitative data management
  • Conduct interviews and qualitative data analysis (training available)
  • Assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publication
  • Assist in the preparation of presentations to share the project's research in local, national, and international meetings

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology, psychology, STS), health policy, public health, epidemiology, or related field
  • Experience with research project management
  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis preferred, but training is available
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required; must be able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
  • Strong interest in health policy, genetics and genomics, bioethics, and/or related issues


About the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine is one of the nation's top academic health sciences centers. The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy is comprised of 18 primary faculty members, 31 secondary faculty, 24 scholars, and over 40 fellows and staff. The Center conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research on perennial and emerging ethical issues arising in clinical practice and in biomedical research in a changing healthcare environment. Center faculty are actively engaged in funded research supported by the NIH and private foundations.

About Houston
Houston is one of the most racially, ethnically, and internationally diverse cities in the United States and supports world class cultural institutions - such as the Alley Theater, the Menil Collection and Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Symphony - four professional sports teams, and cuisines from around the world. Houston and its suburbs offer a wide range of affordable housing and family-oriented programs and activities.

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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