Research Assistant I

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7211189 (Ref.No. 18351-en_US)
Posted: January 27, 2024

Job Description


The Lloyd Lab at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a Research Assistant I. This laboratory performs basic and clinical research related to roles of enteroviruses in Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac disease, RNA granule formation in cells and the molecular biology of enterovirus cell-host intereactions. This researcher will be mostly involved in the celiac disease and Type 1 Diabetes projects that are part of the international TEDDY study (, but will also support Postdoctoral Fellows in their focused molecular biology experimental research projects. The Research Assistant will also assist in the running and organization of the lab and perform a variety of experimental procedures. 

Job Duties

  • Perform highly reproducible qRT-PCR analysis of clinical samples with detailed record keeping. 
  • Perform mammalian cell culture. 
  • Perform experiments using molecular biology technologies, viral and bacterial cultivation and basic bioinformatics.
  • Participate in lab meetings and read applicable literature. 
  • Prepare figures and assist in writing related to experiments performed. 
  • Maintain lab supplies and inventory (ordering, stocking, preparing solutions/media).
  • Maintain general lab environment, including, but not limited to, equipment maintenance and repairs, organization and cleanliness of the lab.
  • Maintain and ensure compliance with biosafety and laboratory regulations. 

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in basic science or a related field.
  • Advanced degree and experience in clinical PCR or virology research.
  • 3-4 years of directly related lab work experience, post-graduation.
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques, excellent aseptic technique and general skills common to a microbiology lab are a must.
  • Strong documentation and organization skills with the ability to keep accurate records of all work performed. 
  • Good analytical and computer skills. 
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn new techniques with instruction.
  • 3-4 years relevant work experience (post-education) with clinical samples is critical.



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.