Research Assistant I

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7135662 (Ref:15173-en_US)

Posted: March 23, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


A full-time position is available immediately in the Jankowsky Lab at the BCM Department of Neuroscience. The Jankowsky laboratory studies neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia using genetically altered mouse models to understand the cause of disease and test new treatments. We are looking for a smart and dedicated research assistant to support animal colony management and general lab duties.  Responsibilities of this position are split between the laboratory and the mouse room.  Laboratory responsibilities include PCR genotyping, tissue harvest, supply maintenance, and general laboratory organization.  Vivarium responsibilities include breeding, weaning, toe biopsies, record keeping, and communication with vivarium staff. The best candidates will have excellent organizational skills and a basic understanding of neuroscience; in return, we will provide training in any needed techniques and offer a supportive working environment. 

Job Duties

  • Perform ongoing experimental work such as data analysis, tissue histology, or other tasks as needed.
  • Responsible for mouse husbandry including breeding, weaning, euthanasia as needed to maintain multiple mouse strains.
  • Coordinate with lab members to match animal production to experimental needs.
  • Organize and perform weekly toe biopsies to obtain material for genotyping.
  • Conduct weekly PCR genotyping of offspring from the lab production colony.
  • Ensure the lab maintains accurate biopsy, breeding, and genotyping records.
  • Interface with vivarium staff to ensure special care requirements are met.
  • Oversee lab management, including inventory, ordering (Fastcard, Punchout, and POs), receiving, and equipment upkeep. 
  • Train new lab members in lab practices, animal husbandry and record keeping, and genotyping 

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience handling lab mice or rats and working with genetically engineered lines, prior experience with basic laboratory techniques such as PCR. 
  • Good organizational skills, excellent record keeping, attention to detail, and the ability to work well with others.



Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.


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.

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Job posting number:#7135662 (Ref:15173-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
United States
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