Research Assistant I - Neurogenetics - Pediatrics - Neurology NRI (90007201)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7087342 (Ref:9037-en_US)

Posted: October 18, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


We are seeking a talented Research Assistant to join our team. The Chao Laboratory ( is located at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, which is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. Our team is engaged in basic and translational neuroscience, genetics, and human disease research with a focus on neural circuit development and function. Disorders that we are studying include epilepsy, autism, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric conditions. We utilize multiple approaches including human genetics, fruit fly and mouse models, molecular biology, cell culture, electrophysiology, and animal behavior. We are looking for a motivated, organized, enthusiastic, and resourceful scientist with expertise in molecular biology, genetics, or neuroscience to accelerate our efforts to elucidate childhood neurologic disorders such as epilepsy, autism, and intellectual disability. Excellent communication and documentation skills will be critical for this position. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to identify novel neurologic disorders, implement multidisciplinary techniques, learn new skills, and be part of a collaborative workplace. 

Job Duties

  • Uses molecular biology, cell culture, behavioral analysis, and imaging techniques to examine genetic changes and construct functional studies in fruit fly and mouse models.
  • Designs and complete PCR, qPCR, and Western blot techniques.
  • Performs research experiments such as molecular cloning, RNA/DNA extraction and tissue culture.
  • Maintains and assists in development of fruit fly and/or mouse models.
  • Interviews, screens, recruits, and schedules patients for study.
  • Maintains records and regulatory documents for research studies and protocols.
  • Disseminates data and tools to collaborating laboratories.
  • Documents results and prepares them for presentation.
  • Designs and conducts research experiments.
  • Summarizes research findings and publishes results in research journals.
  • Maintains lab equipment and supplies inventory.
  • Helps manage projects and the lab.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a related field.





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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Job posting number:#7087342 (Ref:9037-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
United States
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