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UT Health Research Associate - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - NGS in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Research Associate - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - NGS

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 1900013R

Position Summary:

Plans, conducts, and directs a wide variety of experiments. Assists with the day-to-day activities for research project(s) and may impact the success of the research project(s).

Design and conduct research in next-generation sequencing (NGS) and related molecular biology studies. Under the general direction of PI and senior research associate, independently perform an entire process of NGS, from receiving biospecimens, DNA/RNA isolation, library construction, quality control, loading samples to sequencing machine. The primary responsibilities include development and/or enhance of protocols for the library preparation and sequencing, instrument operation and maintenance, problem solving in real projects and performing NGS and related works, active collaboration with Cancer Genomics Core

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Design and conduct research activities under general direction.

  2. Maintains accurate and timely records including notebooks, records, databases.

  3. Maintains lab equipment such as Illumina sequencing platforms and 10X genomics.

  4. Monitors laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects

  5. Manage research protocols and research data.

  6. Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for a cross-functional team.

  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Master’s degree in a related field with three (3) years of research experience in molecular biology, especially in cancer biology or genetics; Doctorate degree or medical degree is a plus. Lab management experience is desired but not required.


Considerable knowledge in basic and sophisticated equipment.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field with three (3) years of related research experience including experience in a lead research role; or

Master’s degree in a related field with one (1) year of related research experience including experience in a lead research role; or

Doctorate degree.

Minimum Experience:

Years of experience varies based on education level.

Physical Requirements:

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