Research Technician II - Stem cells

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7248102 (Ref.No. 19486-en_US)
Posted: May 26, 2024

Job Description


The Dhindsa Lab at Baylor College of Medicine invites applications for an open Research Technician II position. Our interdisciplinary team—composed of undergrads, grad students, and research staff—is focused on using innovative research approaches to advance research in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases that includes autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, intellectual disability, and Parkinson’s Disease. The lab leverages human genetics, CRISPR-based technologies, and human iPSC-based models to uncover disease mechanisms and new therapeutic strategies. The lab thrives on a culture of intellectual curiosity, collaboration, diversity, and a supportive environment. The lab is situated in the Neurological Research Institute, providing us with an outstanding network of collaborators and access to other cutting-edge technologies. iPSC work demands frequent technical work, that includes cell passaging, maintenance, and differentiation. Having an additional technician will support these crucial, time-consuming duties, and will also help in ordering and preparing reagents.

Job Duties

  • Develops and implements CRISPR/Cas9-based functional genomics approaches.
  • Investigates the mechanisms of neurodevelopmental diseases and identify potential therapeutic strategies.
  • Maintains stem cell cultures, including iPSCs and iPSC-derived neurons.
  • Performs molecular biology techniques, such as constructing DNA vectors, western blots, and qPCR.
  • Prepares samples for next-generation sequencing, conduct flow cytometry, and engage in biochemistry and functional assays.
  • Carries out imaging and basic statistical calculations.
  • Undertakes lab management tasks, not exceeding 25% of your time, such as preparing media, autoclaving, and managing inventories.

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 cell culture work is a plus.

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.