Senior Research Assistant - Biochemistry - Westbrook Lab (90004976)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7080329 (Ref:7449-en_US)

Posted: June 23, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


We are focused on developing therapeutics in the area of gene control and will leverage platforms and resources in The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and new innovations in the Therapeutic Innovation Center. We are seeking talented biochemists to work in an interdisciplinary team environment on early therapeutic and drug discovery projects. As our key focus is on developing specific inhibitors of the gene regulation, this work will focus on purifying a wide variety of proteins and testing for the biochemical activity of different inhibitors in development.

Job Purpose

Performs complex, responsible research work of an advanced nature requiring high-level skills and expertise; uses own initiative or supervises others in planning and completing advanced medical or research experiments in accordance with general directions from the principal investigator.

Job Duties

  • Executes experimental protocols.
  • Clearly documents and communicates (oral and written) experimental results and progress.
  • Works collaboratively with other scientists.
  • Assists in the preparation of laboratory reports.
  • Annotates and maintains collaborative protocol repositories for all lab members.
  • Works effectively in a highly dynamic, multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment.
  • Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment, supplies and work areas.
  • There is periodic exposure to unpleasant conditions but the work is still viewed as relatively comfortable in a laboratory environment.
  • Frequently handles/works with biohazards or risks for potential job-related injury, such as those found in an ordinary laboratory environment.
  • Executes purification of proteins from E. coli and S. frugiperda.
  • Utilizes HPLC to analyze and polish purified protein.
  • Executes biochemical assays such as ADP-glo, Fluorescence Polarization, TSA.
  • Utilizes several of the following techniques: standard subcloning (restriction digest based, Gateway, etc), growing and transfecting S. fruigiperda, baculovirus creation and utilization, SDS-page gels and western blotting.
  • Executes biochemical assays to test for activity and inhibition target proteins.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field. 
  • Four years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry or related field of science.  
  • Three years of relevant experience.
  • Master’s degree in biochemistry or related field of science preferred.





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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