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UT Health Research Assistant I/II - Microbiology And Molecular Genetics - Texas Medical Center in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Research Assistant I/II - Microbiology And Molecular Genetics - Texas Medical Center

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 210001O1

Position Summary:

A Research Assistant position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jayhun Lee in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. The Lee laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular basis of schistosome development and its role in immune evasion and host-parasite interaction. Schistosomes are parasitic flatworms that cause schistosomiasis, a major parasitic disease that affects over 200 million people globally. Currently, there is a single available treatment, Praziquantel, which is effective in killing mature schistosomes, but is less effective towards immature schistosomes and does not prevent re-infection. Moreover, no vaccines are available and drug-resistant strains have been reported. Therefore, developing new approaches to target these parasites is urgently needed.

A Research Assistant will work closely wit the senior staff to gain experience in rodent care and maintenance, rodenty surgery, maitenance of parasite life cycle, and various molecular biology techniques including cloning, in situ hybridization, RNA interference, and microscopy. In addition, they will gain experience in research, laboratory maintenance, and training of new staff.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Under close supervision, conducts research activities according to research protocol. Research activities may include some or all of the following: patient recruiting and screening, traditional laboratory experiments and activities, informatics, field interviewer recruiting, screening and training and/or animal laboratories.

  2. Research activities may include handling of infectious agent

  3. May maintain clean laboratory equipment and/or work area to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.

  4. Collects, evaluates, and interprets research data to provide needed information to principal investigators and other researchers. Updates notebooks, records, and databases as needed.

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

  6. Orders laboratory and/or other supplies as directed by senior research staff.

  7. As needed, may coordinate the work of laboratory technicians and assistants to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results.

  8. Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulations, and codes.

  9. Performs other duties as assigned.


General knowledge of research fields.

Minimum Education:

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

Minimum Experience:

No years of experience; Rodent handling experience preferred but not required.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds constantly and/or a negligible amount 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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