Research Assistant - Schistosome Parasite Biology

We are searching for an enthusiastic Research Assistant to conduct laboratory experiments with parasitic blood flukes (schistosomes) that are the causative agents of schistosomiasis. These parasites, which require both aquatic snail intermediate and vertebrate definitive hosts, infect over 200 million people worldwide and kill an estimated 200,000 people each year. The successful candidate will play a critical role in a dynamic research team examining the genetic basis of virulence, drug resistance, and host specificity in this important parasitic disease. The research project will require excellent organizational skills, meticulous record keeping, and will involve maintenance of the schistosome parasite lifecycle in snails and rodents in the laboratory. The successful candidate will report to Dr. Tim Anderson, and will work under the direct guidance of Dr. Winka Le Clec’h and Dr. Frédéric Chevalier.​

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS. Required: Bachelor’s degree in a biological science or related field. Good organizational skills, a strong work ethic, and an ability to work effectively with others are essential. Preferred: Experience with basic molecular methods, in particular functional genomics approaches such as RNAi, and a passion for parasite biology.

POTENTIAL HAZARDS: This position will involve potential exposure to infectious agents. Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program is required. Safety training and protective clothing, equipment and supplies will be provided.

OTHER: This is a full-time salaried (exempt) position. Texas Biomedical Research Institute business hours are Monday through Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Occasional weekend or evening hours may be required. Texas Biomedical Research Institute 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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