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Senior Research Assistant

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Jun 5, 2023

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Health Sciences, Medicine
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist
Organization Type

Under the supervision of the PI, the Senior Research Assistant (SRA) works independently to support research on the regulation of growth and function of skeletal muscle in newborn pigs. The SRA will work as lead and team member in the PI's research to execute the following job duties and in support of multiple research project.

Job Duties

  • Plans, directs, and conducts animal research studies with neonatal pigs including surgeries, husbandry, clinical care, and specimen collection and handling.
  • Performs analytical work on collected specimens using a variety of biochemical, cellular, and molecular techniques for determination of protein metabolism, nutrient signaling, and cell growth.
  • Conducts biochemical assays using colorimetric, fluorometric, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and mass spectrometry methods.
  • Performs cellular and molecular method and protocols to quantify protein and gene expression using enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA), Western immunoblotting, and Real-Time Quantitative Reverse Transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) (Willing to train).
  • Independently troubleshoots experiments and assists with the development and implementation of new standard operating procedures/processes for the laboratory.
  • Maintains careful and detailed documentation of experiments in lab notebooks and collected data and its analysis. This requires a working knowledge of spreadsheets and word processing skills.
  • Analyzes, summarizes, and evaluates data from research experiments.
  • Supervises and coordinates activities of research staff.
  • Trains and orients new research personnel.
  • Responsible for coordinating purchases of laboratory supplies and maintenance of necessary reagents and supplies to support timely laboratory analysis.
  • Assists PI with IACUC compliance and other lab inspections.
  • Serves as the liaison between the lab and BCM Environmental Safety Officers for all laboratory protocols, including chemical, biological, and OHP safety protocols.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in science desirable.
  • Five or more years of relevant experience in laboratory and animal research.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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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