Research Technician II - Neurobiology & Anatomy

Houston, TX

Research Technician II - Neurobiology & Anatomy

Location: Houston, Texas


Category: Research

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 240000UP

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

TheDo Monte Lab is looking for ahighly motivated Research Technician II to work in the field of neuroscience using rat models of learning and memory.

The candidate should have experience in one or more of the following: rodent husbandry, laboratory techniques, and laboratory management. Personal qualities essential for this job include: sense of responsibility,excellent organizational skills, clear and effective verbal/written communication, interest in working with animals, and desire to contribute to understanding the brain.The candidate is expected to directly work with students and postdocs to conduct experiments, organize the rat colony, and manage the laboratory equipment and supplies.

This position is funded by grants that comprise 50% or more of the funding. Continued employment in this position is contingent upon the availability of funding for this position. Your employment may end upon the cancellation or discontinuation of the project, program, or funding.

Lab focus: The Do Monte Lab focuses on understanding the brain mechanisms underlying emotional memories. We are particularly interested in elucidating the neural circuits involved in the regulation of fear and reward-seeking behaviors. Our Lab uses a multidisciplinary approach that combines immunohistochemistry, optogenetics, chemogenetics, electrophysiological recordings, and calcium imaging in freely behaving rats.

For more information on the Do Monte Lab: Click Here.

Location: The University of Texas Health Science Center, McGovern Medical School, 6431 Fannin Street, Room 7.512,Houston, Texas 77030.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Provides technical assistance in carrying out assigned duties of research projects.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Prepares, conducts, records, and analyzes various tests in a clinical and/or diagnostic laboratory setting involved in research.

  2. Collects appropriate patient history data. Research subjects may range from traumatically injured central nervous system and burn patients, patients with respiratory disorders, and rheumatology patients.

  3. Collects human and animal blood and urine specimens and conducts various tests involving chemical and carcinogenic agents, animal psychophysics, retinal histology, and various tissue cultures. Collection techniques includes data collection, assays, cell passaging, arterial punctures, obtaining blood samples, and performing rheumatologic tests.

  4. Processes blood and urine specimens to obtain tests results.

  5. Performs tests using a centrifuge, UV light microscope with fluorescent attachment, autoclave machine, and pipet washer equipment.

  6. Cleans and sterilizes all glassware, instruments, and pipets.

  7. Orders and stocks laboratory with supplies.

  8. Obtains and photocopies reference materials.

  9. Maintains a safe laboratory environment and follows safety procedures.

  10. Performs other duties as assigned.



Minimum Education:

High school diploma or equivalent.

Minimum Experience:

Two years of research laboratory experience.

May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

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