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UT Health Research Assistant I - Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Research Assistant I - Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Research

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 2100003I

The Translational Psychiatry Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is looking for a Research Assistant to join their multi-disciplinary and productive team. Research activities are mostly focused on wet-lab experiments with human biological specimens (blood, saliva, tears), cells (primary culture, cell lines, and iPSCs), and human post-mortem brain tissues, including cell culture, flow cytometry, isolation and quantification of DNA/RNA, PCR/qPCR, epigenetics, ELISA, immunohistochemistry, microarrays, confocal microscopy, and related molecular biology techniques.

Ideal candidates will possess significant experience in a wet-lab environment, with considerable experience with flow cytometry and cell culture. Experience with cell/nuclei sorting and basic bioinformatics is a plus.

In addition to the Key Accountabilities below, the Research Assistant I will also:

  1. Monitors laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects. Ensures quality of reagents or other supplies.

  2. May participate in continuing education programs, workshops and seminars.

Position Summary:

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

Location: Texas Medical Center

Dept.: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Status: Full-Time

FLSA: Non-Exempt

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.

Certification/Skills:

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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