Research Assistant I - Neuroscience (90002091)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7080335 (Ref:7382-en_US)

Posted: June 23, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


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Job Purpose

A full-time position is available immediately in the Jankowsky Lab at the BCM Department of Neuroscience.  The Jankowsky laboratory studies neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia using genetically altered mouse models to understand the cause of disease and test new treatments.  We are looking for a smart and dedicated research assistant to support lab management, mouse husbandry, and ongoing molecular/histological projects.  Responsibilities of this position are split between the laboratory and the vivarium.  Laboratory responsibilities include support of ongoing projects (perfusions, dissections, tissue sectioning, immunostaining, imaging, analysis), PCR genotyping, supply maintenance, and general lab organization.  Vivarium responsibilities include breeding, plug checks, weaning, toe biopsies, record keeping, and communication with vivarium staff.

Job Duties

  • Harvests and processes tissue from experimental animals for histology or immunostaining.
  • Assists with ongoing experimental work to include behavioral testing, data analysis, microscopy, or other tasks as needed.
  • Performs mouse husbandry including breeding, weaning, euthanasia as needed to maintain multiple mouse strains.
  • Coordinates with lab members to match animal production to experimental needs.
  • Organizes and performs weekly toe biopsies to obtain material for genotyping.
  • Conducts PCR genotyping of offspring from the lab production colony.
  • Maintains accurate biopsy, breeding, and genotyping records for the laboratory.
  • Interfaces with vivarium staff to ensure special care requirements are met.
  • Lab management, including inventory, ordering (Fastcard, Punchout, and POs), and receiving, and equipment upkeep.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience handling lab mice or rats and working with genetically engineered lines, prior experience with basic laboratory techniques including PCR or histology.





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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