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UT Health Research Assistant II - Neurology (Stroke Institute) in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Research Assistant II - Neurology (Stroke Institute)

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas



McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 210003A5

Position Summary:

Under general direction of senior research staff, conducts activities to support research projects. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices.

The position will involve working with small animals (mice and rats), and any surgical experience is a plus. Willing to learn and conduct brain microsurgeries for small animals, including but not limited to surgeries for stroke, and vascular dementia models. Preference for Masters degree in Neuroscience and 1 to 2 years’ experience working with research laboratory mice and rats. IN-VIVO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. ANY SURGICAL EXPERIENCE IS A BONUS.


  1. Plans and implements in-vivo experiments and cell-culture experiments.

  2. Plans, schedules and conducts animal surgeries to meet the timeline for laboratory

  3. Maintains and takes care of animals according to the guidelines provided by CLAMC.

  4. Works closely with behavioral expert in the laboratory to schedule behavioral experiments.

  5. Plans and implements research experiments according to research protocol. Research activities may include some or all of the following: traditional laboratory experiments and activities, informatics, animal laboratories, genotyping, animal colony management, etc..

  6. Makes independent decisions as required, which may impact research team or assigned project

  7. Maintains accurate and timely records, which may include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project.

  8. Assists with identifying type and quality of supplies needed for research project to ensure cost effectiveness and ensure smooth operations.

  9. Experienced in various molecular biology techniques.

  10. Maintains adequate level of lab supplies to assure timely achievement of lab activities.

  11. Maintains accurate and timely records to include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project.

  12. Monitors laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects. Ensures quality of reagents or other supplies.

  13. Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for research department

  14. As needed, coordinates the work of laboratory technicians, support staff and other assistants to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results. Answers questions or resolves problems regarding routine or more complex duties.

  15. Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulation and codes.

  16. May participate in continuing education programs, workshops and seminars.

  17. Performs other duties as assigned.


General knowledge and some detailed concepts of research field assigned.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

One year of related experience in a research or clinical lab environment.

May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or 10 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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