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UT Health Research Assistant I/II (Neurology) - BRAINS Lab -DNA/RNA/protein preparation, PCR, ELISA, Western blotting, mammalian cell culture in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Research Assistant I/II (Neurology) - BRAINS Lab -DNA/RNA/protein preparation, PCR, ELISA, Western blotting, mammalian cell culture

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas



McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 2100024O

RESEARCH ASSISTANT I/II POSITION SUMMARY: The Department of Neurology seeks a Research Assistant to conduct activities, under the direction of senior research staff, to support basic science research in the field of aging and neuro-vascular sciences. This position will work in a vibrant research community with international researchers and faculty, whose research focuses are on brain aging and neurodegeneration.


  1. Conducts research activities, under general direction, according to research protocols. Research activities may include some or all of the following:research animal colony maintenance and husbandry, execution and completion of assigned experiments, data acquisition and record keeping, reporting results to the principal investigator (PI), assisting in manuscript preparation and presentations.

  2. Works with PI todraft regulatory documents, including research animal, chemical, laser, and radiation protocols.

  3. General laboratory techniques including: administration of research materials in live experimental models, biological fluid collection, tissue dissection, DNA/RNA/protein preparation, PCR, ELISA, Western blotting, mammalian cell culture, immunohistochemical and immunocytochemical stains, fluorescent microscopy, and animal behavioral testing.

  4. Coordinates and Maintains adequate level of lab supplies to assure timely achievement of lab activities.

  5. Maintains accurate and timely records to include study binders, notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project and IRB compliance.

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

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

  8. As needed, coordinates the work of laboratory technicians, support staff and other assistants to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results. Answers questions or resolves problems regarding routine or more complex duties.

  9. Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulation and codes.

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

  11. summarizing experimental results, preparing progress reports, and helping

  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


Ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills (English proficient), attention to detail, highly organized, self-driven, and motivated. Theability to work independently and cooperatively, think critically, and be proficient in statistical and graphical analysis of data is desired.


Bachelor’s degree in one of the basic sciences; Master’s degree desired or relevant experience in lieu of education.


Prefer 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.


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 will include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents and daily contact with animals.


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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