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UT Health Research Assistant I/II (Neurology - Neurodegeneration) in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Research Assistant I/II (Neurology - Neurodegeneration)

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas



McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 200000ZA

Position Summary:

Under direction of senior research staff, conducts activities to support research projects. We would very much prefer at least 2-year commitment.

Neurology - Neurodegeneration

TMC location


Full Time


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

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

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

Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for research department.

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

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

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

Performs other duties as assigned.


General knowledge of research fields (Neurology, Neuroscience, Molecular Biology).

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: plasmid preparation, PCR, western blotting.

CELL CULTURE: Cell line maintenance and primary cultures of neurons, astrocytes and microglia.

FLOW CYTOMETRY: cell sorting for the enrichment of primary cells.

IMMUNOFLUORESCENCE and MICROSCOPY: ICC, IHC, basic fluorescent imaging.

MICE: maintaining mouse colonies (genotyping the mice, keeping track of the genotypes and lineages, plan and initiate breeding, weaning litters, and move cages between the colony and the lab when animals are needed for experiments), behavior experiments.


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


RAI: No years of experience.

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


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.


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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