Research Technician II - Microbiome

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7103986 (Ref.No. 11974-en_US)
Posted: June 26, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Research Technician II in this position will perform research into how the human microbiome impacts health and disease.  Isolation and cultivation of microbial strains and communities associated with the human body will be a primary focus of this position.  Additional responsibilities that include are conducting experiments combining human intestinal microbes with human intestinal organoids.  The successful applicant will become well-trained in state of the art techniques for studying host like microbiome interactions. Opportunities are available for independent and/or collaborative research. 100% effort will be devoted to research. This position is at Baylor-Main Campus in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology.

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Job Duties

  • Performs microbial isolation and cultivation.
  • Performs routine technical laboratory procedures in molecular biology and microbiology that includes but not limited to DNA cloning, virus infection and quantification assays, PCR, ELISA, flow cytometry, and tissue culture, DNA, RNA, and protein extraction from tissue specimens.
  • Maintains laboratory notebook, records, and analyzes experimental data. Assists in the preparation of laboratory reports and manuscripts.
  • Assists in operating and maintaining anaerobic and microoxic chambers, plate readers, spectrophotometers, and other laboratory equipment as needed.
  • Helps maintain Department shared equipment and facilities utilized for projects in the laboratories.
  • Follows established procedures and properly record results.

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

  • Experience in microbiology.
  • Prior laboratory experience is a plus. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that includes oral and written communication skills. Able to work alone and as part of highly collaborative teams.
  • Flexibility with work schedule to occasionally work evenings or weekends.
  • Able to work with human fecal samples and human intestinal tissue.



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.