Research Assistant

We are seeking a highly motivated research assistant to join a dynamic research team focused on the prevention and eradication of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The candidate will join the group of Dr. Ruth Ruprecht, who heads a multi-institutional AIDS research program at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the parent institution of the Southwest National Primate Research Center.

Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Performing molecular biology techniques, which include but not limited to: PCR, primer design, transfection, transformation, cloning, ELISA, plasmid isolation, protein purification, western blotting, DNA and protein gel electrophoresis
  • Performing various assays such as neutralization, virion capture
  • Processing of blood and peripheral blood mononuclear cell isolation
  • Analyzing experimental data and interpreting results; preparing data for presentations
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: Required:  Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field. Highly skilled in laboratory research techniques. Tissue culture and sterile techniques a must. Excellent communication skills. Ability to perform as a team member with good interpersonal skills. Preferred: Master’s degree in a related scientific discipline.  Background in HIV biology and experience working in a BSL-2+ setting.

POTENTIAL HAZARDS:  This work may involve exposure to compressed gases, cryogenics, electrical hazards, heat/cold/noise/pressure, UV light, infectious materials (BSL-2), and medical waste. Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program is required. Safety training and protective clothing will be provided.

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. Occasional after hours or weekend work may be required. 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


Application Instructions

Your resume and application must be provided electronically. Please follow the steps below.

  1. Please read instructions before submitting your application.
  2. PDF forms will need to be completed, saved to your computer and uploaded. Please refer to Step 2 for additional information.
  3. Fill out the online form.
  4. At the conclusion of the application process, you will be asked to attach your PDF files.

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