Senior Research Assistant

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7100263 (Ref.No. 11537-en_US)
Posted: May 18, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


This individual will serve the Department of Pathology & Immunology and its research mission at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH). This individual will design and conduct experiments requiring high-level skills and expertise in molecular technology. This individual will develop and optimize new techniques for the laboratory, perform complex data analysis, prepare publication quality figures and text, and report results to faculty members and collaborators. This individual is expected to work independently while balancing a variety of ongoing projects and deadlines within the Texas Children’s Microbiome Center.

Job Duties

  • Presents data at local and national meetings, 
  • Aids in the preparation of manuscripts and grant proposals and associated budgets. 
  • Trains undergraduate/graduate students as well as other technologists, and oversee research technicians in the Medical Metagenomics Laboratory. 
  • Laboratory work will include but is not limited to bacterial culture, nucleic acid extraction, and next-generation sequencing (targeted and whole genome sequencing). 
  • Next-generation sequencing applications include microbiome profiling, metagenomic evaluation, and strain/variant identification. 
  • Data analysis and interpretation will include statistics and bioinformatics approaches. 
  • Oversees outside collaborations related to grants and shared interests.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a related field.
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing is preferred. MB(ASCP) certification is a plus.


This position requires an experienced molecular technologist and the appropriate experience could be gained in either a research setting utilizing the techniques above or a clinical molecular diagnostics laboratory.



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.