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Research Associate - Virology

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Closing date
May 20, 2023

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

The Department of Pediatrics Division of Tropical Medicine seeks a highly motivated Research Associate to work in the Laboratory for Translational Virology. The purpose of the position is to conduct responsible research work in virology, immunology, and epidemiology. The project will primarily focus on developing vaccines and treatments for viral pathogens such as HIV, Zika virus, and Chikungunya virus and includes the development of ELISAs and other assays for the project. The Research Associate is expected to keep up to date with the scientific literature and aid in writing manuscripts and grants. We expect that the Research Associate will practically and intellectually contribute to other complex research projects within the Division of Tropical Medicine as needs arise and contribute to a high-paced environment with an established team.

Job Duties

  • Designs, directs, and conducts specialized and advanced research experiments. Techniques for these projects include but are not limited to: cell culture maintenance, DNA preparation, PCR, flow cytometry, and ELISA. These also include performing laboratory work in virology, including infectious work with in vitro and in vivo models, and viral titration assays.
  • Works independently and in conjunction with others who are part of the Laboratory for Translational Virology. Selects and performs appropriate research procedures and communicates assistance needed in a timely manner.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data and provides at least biweekly reports. Summarizes research findings in lab meetings and local/national/international meetings.
  • Establishes new research protocols and procedures.
  • Ensures quality control of laboratory procedures, including test validations.
  • Plans, directs and conducts research experiments.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • Performs additional routine laboratory procedures to assist in the lab's research.
  • Develops research techniques and performs applications required for specific research projects.
  • 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.
  • Aids in maintenance of lab equipment and environment.
  • May supervise, schedule and coordinate the activities of less experienced research staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Basic Science or a related field. Experience in lieu of degree will not be accepted.
  • Three years of relevant experience typically as a Research Assistant, Research Technician or Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biomedical sciences. Ph.D. new graduates will be considered.
  • Strong background in virology, molecular biology, cell biology and/or immunology.
  • Strong organization skills, highly motivated, and career-oriented.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work in a team.
  • Familiar with techniques such as ELISA.

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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