Research Associate

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7100259 (Ref.No. 11062-en_US)
Posted: May 18, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


A Research Associate position is available in the lab of Dr. Melanie Samuel at Baylor College of Medicine in the field of neurodevelopment and neural disease.  Our group focuses on synaptic development and translational applications in neural diseases. We seek to uncover molecules that control neural identity and synaptic partner choice and to understand how disruptions these choices may contribute the disease processes. We are a dynamic group that offers an engaging work environment.

Job Duties

  • Design, direct, and conduct research experiments
  • Evaluate and analyze data
  • Develop and validate new protocols
  • Aid in project management
  • Help lead intergroup teams toward completion of assigned goals
  • Design and conduct proper validation and controls for research
  • Read and evaluate the literature
  • Aid in figure generation and paper writing, contribute to grant writing

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Basic Science or a related field.  Experience in lieu of degree will not be accepted.
  • Three years of relevant experience typically as a Research Assistant, Research Technician or Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or PhD  in Genetics, Biology, Bioinformatics, Neuroscience or a related field 
  • Well qualified candidates may also have some or all of the following experience: 1) experience in neuroscience and neural related diseases; 2) knowledge of mouse work and surgery; 3) histology expertise; 4) knowledge of confocal and other imaging modalities; 5) experience in tracking of large datasets; 6) interest and ability in team management, people skills, communication, and time management; 7) knowledge of biostatistics; and 7) experience with flow cytometry, qRT-PCR, protein analysis, library preparation, sequencing techniques, and tissue handling and processing.



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.



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.