Research Technician II - Biochemist, Molecular Biologist in Epigenetics - Molecular & Cellular Biology - Administration

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7090842 (Ref:9703-en_US)

Posted: December 17, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Summary

About Us: The lab of Dr. Kyle Eagen (www.eagenlab.org) at Baylor College of Medicine focuses on elucidating how DNA folds within cells and how DNA misfolding relates to human disease, including cancer.  Baylor College of Medicine, one of the top ranked medical schools in the country, is well known for its exceptional and innovative research and clinical achievements. The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology has been provided substantial resources by the College towards expanding interdisciplinary research in the molecular, cellular, biochemical, and genetic bases of human disease, with the additional advantage of using multiple model systems in the process. Dr. Eagen’s lab is dedicated to state-of-the-art molecular research using interdisciplinary approaches, the newest of technologies, and the education and training of the next generation of scientists and physician scientists. The lab is located in the Texas Medical Center, the largest biomedical complex in the world, immediately adjacent to Houston’s vibrant Museum District and Hermann Park.

About the Position: A research technician position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Kyle Eagen in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. The research technician will expand upon a dynamic research program dedicated to understanding the molecular basis of nuclear organization and genome architecture. S/he will be responsible for taking on highly interdisciplinary projects and key functions in this endeavor, including projects focusing on molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, as well as genomics approaches using next-generation DNA sequencing technology. S/he will work side-by-side with Dr. Eagen to develop cutting-edge scientific skills as the lab expands into new research areas.

The ideal candidate should be highly motivated, well organized, manage time effectively, and have the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. S/he will also be required to conduct experimental research lab work and assist in the design of one or more specific phases of entire projects. Previous experience with molecular biology and/or biochemistry is essential for this position. 
 

 

Job Duties

  • Follows overall research objectives and protocols to design, set-up, conduct, and troubleshoot experiments
  • Evaluates protocols and data obtained from experiments and recommends changes to processes, procedures and techniques to improve the quality and validity of results based on project objectives
  •  May complete mathematical calculations and/or computer analysis to assist in analyzing and judging validity of data
  • Using a fully functional to advanced level of skill, complete the following activities:

o    Molecular Biology

  • Isolate and purify DNA, RNA, and/or protein
  • PCR and RT-PCR
  • Prepare plasmids
  • Clone, map, and sequence DNA

o   Cellular Biology

  • Cell culture, transfection, and transgene expression
  • CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing
  • Functional studies

Administrative

  • Maintain detailed records of research experiments and other laboratory related data including collecting, recording, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting research data
  • Prepare charts and graphs for presentations and publications
  • Search and evaluate scientific literature in support of research projects
  • Track and summarize lab supply expenses and verify accuracy of invoices
  • Order and maintain inventory of laboratory reagents and supplies
  •  Write portions of grant applications, manuscripts, and publications
  • Co-authors scientific papers

 

  • Follow appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations and Good Laboratory Practices
  • Effectively interact with team members to make important contributions on big problems while ensuring a high standard of laboratory organization

 

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field. Four years of related experience may substitute for degree requirement.
  • No experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work independently and in a team environment
  •  A record of taking initiative to solve problems and working to high-quality standards
  • Attention to detail and accurate record keeping
  • Ability to multitask, work and learn independently, and be self-motivated
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s, master’s, or higher degree in Biology or Chemistry.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to follow detailed instructions as required by research protocols
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including spreadsheets and basic computations
  • Manual dexterity

 

 

Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.

 

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

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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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