UT Health Research Assistant II-Pediatrics Research Center in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Research Assistant II-Pediatrics Research Center

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 1800022N

Position Summary:

Under general direction of senior research staff, conducts activities to support research projects. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices.

Department Pediatric Research Center

Full Time

Location: Texas Medical Center

FLSA: Nonexempt

Research Assistant position immediately available at McGovernMedical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Minimum education requiresBachelor’s degree or relevant experience in lieu of education. Highly responsible individuals with background in developmental biology, molecular and cell biology, and/or biochemistry are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with mouse genetics is valuable. Minimum experience is one year of related experience.

Lab research is aimed at understanding signaling pathways such as Hippo, Wnt and Bmp pathways as well as non-coding RNAs in regulating craniofacial and heart development, diseases and regeneration, with a special interest in cranial bone development and regeneration, congenital heart diseases, and cardiac conduction system disease and regeneration.

Main work duties include: 1. Conducts research activities, under general direction, according to research. Research activities may include some or all of the following: a combination of genetic mouse model, molecular and biochemical techniques, genomics, proteomics, and next generation sequencing techniques. Projects will need to use mouse genetics, cell culture and manipulation, live imaging, molecular biological and biochemical techniques such as PCR, mutagenesis, subcloning, Western blot, co-immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence et al. Studies will also need to use 2 nd generation sequencing techniques such as RNA-seq and ChIP-seq to identify gene changes in control and disease models, and CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology to generate specific gene knockout cell lines and mouse models.

  1. Maintains adequate level of lab supplies to assure timely achievement of lab activities.

  2. Support other labmates to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results. Answers questions or resolves problems regarding routine or more complex duties.

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

  4. Stays abreast of new and updated protocols

  5. Performs other duties as assigned.


General knowledge and some detailed concepts of research field assigned.

Minimum Education:

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

Minimum Experience:

One year of related experience in a research or clinical lab environment.

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

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or 10 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

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