Research Assistant

The Research Assistant at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute will provide support for research projects investigating the age-associated immune changes during latent and active Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.

70% Effort: Conducts experiments on M. tuberculosis infection; executes planned research activities under supervision of the Principal Investigator using microbiology, cell biology, and/or biochemistry; prepares media; isolates  cells from tissues; sets up and operates laboratory equipment; instructs students in laboratory procedures and techniques; assists the PI in running and updating a biorepository; collects, translates, and interprets data.

20% Effort: Organizes, maintains and orders laboratory supplies; ensures laboratory compliance with radiation, biohazard and other institutional regulations, including, but not limited to record keeping, maintaining lab notebooks and proper disposal and maintenance of regulated materials; coordinates laboratory functions; assists in decision making on behalf of the lab; assists with preparation of progress reports and regulatory compliance documents; participates in journal clubs, laboratory meetings, and Institute activities.

10% Effort: Performs library research to find current and/or new trends/methods related to research being conducted; prepares data summaries for inclusion in grant proposals, presentations, manuscripts and articles; presents research findings at local, national or international meetings; performs other duties as assigned. Assistance to the principal investigator with Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB), institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), Chemical and Hygiene Plan (CHP), etc. protocols submission and maintenance.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in a biological/health science; ability to translate, adapt and apply academic or practical knowledge in the conduct of biological/health science research is required; experience in a biological/health research laboratory setting required; requires successful completion of a background check. General BSL-1 and/or BSL-2 laboratory experience; experience in laboratory management providing support to the laboratory members, and assist in ordering supplies and equipment as needed. Computer skills with experience using Microsoft Office products desired. Must have willingness/desire to learn new techniques, software, and improve own research skills. Must have willingness/desire to participate in laboratory meetings to increase knowledge about the research being performed in the laboratory.

RESEARCH SKILLS REQUIRED: Cell Biology: Experience in working with mammalian cells (primary or cell lines). Molecular Biology: Experience in basic molecular techniques such as DNA & RNA extraction from cells, performing polymerase chain reaction; qRT-PCR, primer design. Immunology: Experience in basic immunology techniques such as ELISA; immunoblots; flow cytometry (desired), immunoprecipitation. Laboratory experience: excellent BSL-1 and/or BSL-2 work skills (i.e. sterility techniques).

RESEARCH SKILLS (PREFERRED): Cell Biology: Experience in microscopy techniques (confocal and immunofluorescence microscopy), phenotyping by flow cytometry (desired). Biochemistry: Experience in basic biochemistry techniques (desired thin layer chromatography for lipid analysis, gas chromatography, etc.) Microbiology: Culture of non-pathogenic bacterial strains under BSL-2 conditions; culture of pathogenic bacterial strains under BSL-3 conditions, colony forming unit enumeration. Software: Proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, GraphPad Prism, and/or others.

POTENTIAL HAZARDS: Working with BSL-3 pathogens (i.e. susceptible and drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains). Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program is required.  Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided when required.

OTHER:     This is a full-time salaried (exempt) position.  Texas Biomed business hours are Mondays through Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Texas Biomed is committed to a drug-free workplace.  Pre-employment drug screen is required.

Application packets are accepted electronically or in hard copy.  A completed application packet is a requirement for all positions.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status



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