Research Assistant II - Virology

Employer
Baylor College of Medicine
Location
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Oct 2, 2022

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Discipline
Life Sciences, Virology
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist
Organization Type
Academia
Summary

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Tropical Medicine seeks a highly motivated and qualified Research Assistant II to work in the lab of Dr. Shannon Ronca. The purpose of the Research Assistant II position in the Department of Pediatrics-Tropical Medicine is to conduct responsible research work in virology, immunology, and epidemiology. The project will primarily focus on developing vaccines, treatments, and understanding mechanisms of viruses requiring Biosafety Level 3 handling, such as SARS-CoV-2, West Nile virus, and Chikungunya virus.

Job Duties

  • Performs laboratory work in molecular and cellular biology and immunology, including but not limited to cell culture maintenance, DNA preparation, PCR, flow cytometry, and ELISA.
  • Performs laboratory work in virology, including infectious work with in vitro and in vivo models, and viral titration assays. The majority of this work will occur at a BSL-3.
  • Selects and performs appropriate research procedures.
  • Masters BSL-3 competencies and assist in running a BSL-3 training program.
  • Ensures quality control of laboratory procedures, including test validations.
  • Oversees the maintenance of lab equipment and environment.
  • Data entry, cleaning, and analysis.
  • Performs additional routine laboratory procedures to assist in the lab's research.
  • Maintains an accurate, up-to-date, organized, and legible lab notebook that records all data according to methods requested.
  • Conducts literature searches and summarizes information in an appropriate format.
  • Analyzes results of experiments and reports to principal investigators.
  • Assigns duties to less experienced staff and provide secondary supervision to staff


Minimum Qualifications

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


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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