Research Assistant I


The Department of Pediatrics Section of Tropical Medicine seeks a highly motivated and qualified Research Assistant I to work in the lab of Dr. Shannon Ronca. The purpose of the Research Assistant I position in the Department of Pediatrics-Tropical Medicine is to conduct responsible research work in virology, immunology, and epidemiology. The project will primarily focus on developing vaccines, treatments, and understanding mechanisms of viruses requiring Biosafety Level 3 handling, such as SARS-CoV-2, West Nile virus, and Chikungunya virus.

Please include a cover letter with your resume when submitting the application.

Job Duties
  • Performs laboratory work in molecular and cellular biology and immunology, including but not limited to cell culture maintenance, DNA preparation, PCR, flow cytometry, and ELISA.
  • Performs laboratory work in virology, including infectious work with in vitro and in vivo models, and viral titration assays. The majority of this work will occur at a BSL-3.
  • Selects and performs appropriate research procedures.
  • Master BSL-3 competencies and assist in running a BSL-3 training program.
  • Ensures quality control of laboratory procedures, including test validations.
  • Oversees the maintenance of lab equipment and environment.
  • Data entry, cleaning, and analysis.
  • Performs additional routine laboratory procedures to assist in the lab's research.
  • Maintains an accurate, up-to-date, organized, and legible lab notebook that records all data according to methods requested.
  • Conducts literature searches and summarizes information in an appropriate format.
  • Analyzes results of experiments and reports to principal investigators.
  • May assign duties to less experienced staff.

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

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in basic science (biology, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, biotechnology, or a related field)
  • Previous experience in a microbiology or molecular biology lab
  • Previous experience with in vivo models

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



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