Research Technician II - Molecular Virology and Organoids

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7220548 (Ref.No. 18606-en_US)
Posted: February 24, 2024

Job Description


The Estes Lab at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a Research Technician II. This laboratory performs basic and clinical research related to gastrointestinal (GI) virus replication, cell-host interactions and pathogenesis. A new project is continuing to develop human stem-cell derived organoid cultures as biomimetics to dissect host-virus interactions and identify new targets for drug development. This Research Technician will be heavily involved in the organoid projects with two GI viruses, human rotavirus and norovirus, but will also support Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students in their focused molecular biology experimental research projects. The Research Technician will also assist in the running and organization of the lab and perform a variety of experimental techniques under general supervision.

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Job Duties

  • Performs experiments using molecular biology technologies, viral and bacterial cultivation.
  • Performs mammalian and organoid cell culture.
  • Performs qRT-PCR analysis of clinical samples with detailed record keeping.
  • Participates in lab meetings and reads applicable literature.
  • Prepares figures and assists in writing related to experiments performed. 
  • Maintains lab supplies and inventory (ordering, stocking, preparing solutions/media).
  • Maintains general lab environment, including, but not limited to, equipment maintenance and repairs, organization, and cleanliness of the lab.
  • Maintains and ensures compliance with biosafety and laboratory regulations.

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 molecular biology, excellent aseptic technique and general skills common to a microbiology lab are a must.
  • Experience in virology research and PCR is a plus.
  • Strong documentation and organizational skills with the ability to keep accurate records of all work performed.
  • Good analytical and computer skills. 
  • Demonstrates willingness to learn new techniques with instruction.
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic, including ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, use good judgment and complete duties. 
  • Demonstrates ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively and professionally in a team with diverse backgrounds. 



Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.




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