Research Assistant I - Bioethics

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7121980 (Ref.No. 14546-en_US)
Posted: January 25, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a full-time Research Assistant for a non-laboratory research position. The individual hired will be responsible for providing research support on projects examining the ethical, legal and social implications of emerging technologies in healthcare, including artificial intelligence, computer perception (e.g. digital phenotyping) and privacy-by-design technologies.


The research assistant will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Dr. Kristin Kostick-Quenet.


In addition to supporting the Center’s robust research program, the Research Assistant will have access to funding for professional development and the opportunity to participate in professional and academic development sessions hosted by the Center. Such development opportunities include journal clubs, speaker series, career development information sessions, peer mentorship, and programming on grant writing, academic presentations, and goal planning. The Center promotes an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment conducive to academic excellence. The Research Assistant will have the ability for hybrid and alternative work arrangements.


The Center cultivates a culture of intentionality, respect, inclusivity, and collaboration. We offer intellectual, social, and professional development opportunities to promote a meaningful work experience. We are reflective and mindful of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in both interactions with one another.


For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at 

Job Duties

  • Provide research support for ongoing projects, including organizing project files, scheduling project activities and meetings, taking meeting minutes, and coordinating with co-investigators, collaborators, and project personnel across multiple sites to move projects forward  
  • Maintain project databases, including tracking and reporting on project components to ensure timelines are adhered to and are deadlines met
  • Maintain manuals of procedures for projects and assist with project protocol development and management
  • Conduct comprehensive literature searches in the areas of bioethics, social science and health policy literature
  • Assist with qualitative and quantitative research data coordination and management, for example, contributing to instrument development and refinement, executing data collection, data cleaning and quality control oversight
  • Assist with document preparation and references for publications and new project proposals
  • Contribute to presentation preparation, such as pulling data and drafting slides
  • Attend project meetings

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

• Education Preferred: Bachelor's degree in bioethics, humanities, public health, social sciences, or related field
• Education Preferred: Master's degree in bioethics, law, social or computer sciences, health policy, public health or related field 
• Strong interest in bioethics, health policy, artificial intelligence, psychiatry and/or related issues
• Experience with qualitative and quantitative methodologies and data analysis software programs (e.g., MAXQDA, Dedoose, nVivo, SPSS, STATA)
• Experience with developing surveys (e.g. using SurveyMonkey, RedCap, etc.)
• Ability to display a professional, positive attitude with strong interpersonal skills and communication skills required and must be able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
• Team oriented, collaborative mindset with an interest in creating value in any situation with insightful questions and suggestions
• Detail-oriented, self-motivated, efficient, and strong organizational skills 
Demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in accepting work assignments with the ability to effectively prioritize tasks, understand processes, and resolve issues 


About the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine is one of the nation's top academic health sciences centers. The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy is comprised of 18 primary faculty members, 31 secondary faculty, 24 scholars, and over 40 fellows and staff. The Center conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research on perennial and emerging ethical issues arising in clinical practice and in biomedical research in a changing healthcare environment. Center faculty are actively engaged in funded research supported by the NIH and private foundations.


About Houston
Houston is one of the most racially, ethnically, and internationally diverse cities in the United States and supports world class cultural institutions – such as the Alley Theater, the Menil Collection and Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Symphony – four professional sports teams, and cuisines from around the world. Houston and its suburbs offer a wide range of affordable housing and family-oriented programs and activities.



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.