Research Technician II - Planarian Regeneration and Stem Cells

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7152066 (Ref:16089-en_US)

Posted: June 6, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


Dr. Blair Benham-Pyle is seeking a research technician to help develop research projects and assist in the organization of their laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (STaR) Center and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The Benham-Pyle laboratory leverages the remarkable regenerative capacity of the planarian flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea to study stem cells, aging, regeneration, and cancer prevention. The  lab commonly uses high throughput RNAi screens, in situ hybridization, and advanced fluorescent microscopy to uncover novel mechanisms regulating tissue growth. The technician will help maintain and develop the culture of our new research group, so strong organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills, plus an enthusiasm for learning and regeneration are essential. Applicants with experience in aquatic animal husbandry, molecular biology, and/or whole-mount in situ hybridization are particularly encouraged to apply, but we are happy to provide training in required laboratory skills.

Job Duties

  • Develops research projects by generating and testing molecular reagents, as well as designing and executing preliminary experiments (establish gene expression by in situ hybridization, RNAi functional testing).
  • Designs and executes high-throughput planarian RNAi screens, build phenotype database, and score phenotypes.
  • Helps maintain the planarian aquatics colony.
  • Assists in equipment purchases and manage equipment upkeep.
  • Manages laboratory consumables, that includes maintaining accurate inventory lists of lab supplies and ordering new supplies when needed.
  • Participates in group meetings to discuss scientific findings and lab business.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field. Four years of related experience may substitute for degree requirement.
  • No experience required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with PCR amplification/molecular biology
  • Experience with whole-mount fluorescent in situ hybridization


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:#7152066 (Ref:16089-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
United States
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