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UT Health Research Assistant I - Part-Time in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Research Assistant I - Part-Time

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 210000SU

Position Summary:

Under close direction of senior research staff, conducts activities to support research projects.

We are seeking a clinically oriented part-time Research Assistant to conduct activities to support research projects focused on investigating the role of neuro-immune interactions in risk for depression and pain states. The individual will exercise judgment to ensure specific tasks are completed as indicated (and within an acceptable timeframe) in the NIDAP lab. The involved studies are seeking to discover and validate novel bio-signatures of pain in healthy human subjects, subjects that have experienced brain injury, and subjects that are awaiting surgery. The researcher will be supervised by Dr. Alan Prossin (and by collaborating statisticians/scientists, and senior lab personnel) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McGovern Medical School at UT Health, Houston, TX. This position is funded for 1-2 years by Dr. Prossin’s current R61/R33 NIH/NINDS grant as well as other grants on which he collaborates. We offer 2 temporary positions (0.5 FTE) for one year. Upon a positive performance and availability of funds, the contract may be followed by a period of a further 6-12 months. The starting date is April 2021, on a rolling basis.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Under close supervision, conducts research activities according to research protocol. Research activities may include some or all of the following: patient recruiting and screening, traditional laboratory experiments and activities, informatics, field interviewer recruiting, screening and training and/or animal laboratories.

  2. May maintain clean laboratory equipment and/or work area to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.

  3. Collects, evaluates, and interprets research data to provide needed information to principal investigators and other researchers. Updates notebooks, records, and databases as needed.

  4. Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for research department.

  5. Orders laboratory and/or other supplies as directed by senior research staff.

  6. As needed, may coordinate the work of laboratory technicians and assistants to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results.

  7. Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulations, and codes.

  8. Performs other duties as assigned.

Departmental Preferences:

  1. Research activities may include some or all of the following: patient recruiting and screening, obtaining informed consent, completing psychometric measures, processing and storage of blood/saliva samples, maintenance of project datasets.

  2. Ensures quality of reagents or other supplies, especially as pertains to those supplies vulnerable to expiration.

  3. Answers questions or resolves problems regarding routine or more complex duties.

  4. Assists in formatting and contributing to manuscripts and grant applications as desired by the PI.

  5. Coordinates scheduling of PET/CT/MRI scans with local area neuroimaging facilities.


General knowledge of research fields.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

No years of experience.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds constantly and/or a negligible amount 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

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