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Texas A&M University Health Science Center Research Assistant in Houston, Texas

Job Title

Research Assistant

Agency

Texas A&M University Health Science Center

Department

Ibt - Cedp - Dashwood

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

Houston, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

​What we believe

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.”

Who we are

As one of the fastest-growing academic health centers in the nation, the Texas A&M University Health Science Center encompasses five colleges and numerous centers and institutes working together to improve health through transformative education, innovative research and team-based health care delivery.

What we want

The Health Science Center (HSC) is looking for a Research Assistant to serve as a member of the laboratory team in the Center for Epigenetics and Disease Prevention. We desire an individual who subscribes to and supports our commitment as stated above. The successful applicant will bring their experience to the position and understand the demands of supporting the department in a fast-paced environment. This person must be professional, enjoy working in a high-volume environment and be able to apply strong organizational skills while being flexible in their daily routine. If this is you, we invite you to apply to become a member of our team.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

  • Perform all job responsibilities safely without injury to self and others in compliance with A&M System and HSC guidelines.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, or relevant field.

  • Experience in laboratory work, general molecular biology, and biochemistry research. Handling rodents in laboratory work. Perform necropsies of rodents or other animals.

  • Experience working with diverse individuals and communities.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficient in molecular biology techniques such as Western blotting, qPCR, RT-PCR, cell culture and cloning.

  • Experience in performing rodent tumor bioassays following approved protocols using intra-oral, intraperitoneal and subcutaneous injections, especially in colon cancer models.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform cell culture experiments and molecular techniques such as qPCR, RT-PCR, Western blotting, 3D cultures, transient transfections, co-immunoprecipitation and Proximity Ligation Assay (PLA) to investigate protein-protein interactions and epigenetic marks of specified histone deacetylase and bromodomain inhibitors.

  • Conduct and monitor breeding of animals as directed by the principal investigator, co-investigator, or the Technical Lab Coordinator. Responsible for keeping accurate records of animal logs pertaining to breeding of rodents, genotyping data, body weights, and general health status during tumorigenicity studies. Dose animals using pre-approved IACUC protocols involving intraoral gavage, intraperitoneal and subcutaneous injections. Assist with rodent colonoscopies, polyp resections, and necropsies.

  • Document and interpret results to the principal investigator and the co-investigator of protein and gene expression of relevant target genes. Assist with the preparation of research literature during manuscript and grant submissions. Participate actively in weekly lab meetings within the Center and participating program projects. Participate in other animal projects within the laboratory and the Center as directed.

  • Prepare laboratory reagents and solutions, and maintain laboratory equipment.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Texas A&M University Health Science Center is transforming health through innovative research, education and service in biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health. As an independent state agency and academic unit of Texas A&M University, the health science center serves the state through campuses in Bryan-College Station, Dallas, Temple, Houston, Round Rock, Kingsville, Corpus Christi and McAllen.

Texas A&M University Health Science Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

If you need assistance in applying for this job, please contact hschr@tamu.edu.

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