Instructor/Assistant Professor, Research - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, McGovern Medical School

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Instructor/Assistant Professor, Research - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, McGovern Medical School

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Faculty

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 230000VA

McGovern Medical SchoolatUTHealth Houston, a leading academic health center, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), non-tenure research track Instructor/Assistant Professor position for the Morano laboratory located in theDepartment of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

The Morano laboratory studies the proteins and processes involved in cellular protein quality control, protein folding, and stress response in the model eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae . Protein folding in the cell is a complex and dynamic process, and the environment that a nascent polypeptide encounters during synthesis is challenging.In humans, disorders linked to protein misfolding include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s diseases, prion-based disease, multiple triplet-repeat class ataxias and type II diabetes. Protein misfolding is also intimately linked with aging and is a primary factor influencing the “health span” of an organism.Ongoing studies focus on the biology of the Hsp110 protein chaperone family and the connections between cellular redox homeostasis and spatial quality control.

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated junior faculty to work independently and direct research activities in the lab.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Reviewing and drafting manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

  • Performing molecular and cellular biology assays, such as DNA, RNA, and protein isolation, Western blotting, real-time PCR, transcription reporter assays, and fluorescence microscopy.

  • Compiling, analyzing, and evaluating data independently.

  • Building a research program that attracts extramural funding and contributing to graduate and medical education.


  • Doctorate in microbiology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry or related fields, and postdoctoral research experience.

  • Demonstrate initiative and the capability to conduct research independently.

  • Strong written and verbal communication and organization skills.

  • 2-3 years minimum experience specifically with Saccharomyces cerevisiae growth, and genetic and laboratory manipulation.

Please contact Kevin Morano, Ph.D. ( for more information.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

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