Research Assistant I

Baylor Main Campus, Houston, TX

The Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center Clinical Laboratory (BCM-HGSC-CL) is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant (RA- I) to work in production pipelines.

The position would principally involve in sample preparation for next generation sequencing (NGS) across multiple pipelines including DNA QC, construction of NGS DNA libraries, target enrichment sequencing, Illumina instrumentation, and SNP array genotyping production.

The candidate should be experienced in basic protocols in molecular biology and be a quick learner. The candidate should be able to work independently and within a team to process samples in the production pipeline. He/she should be flexible and adapt to the clinic environment and commit to finishing goals in a timely manner. Qualified candidates should be good at multi-tasking, problem-solving, and have strong communication skills. Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Perform sample production following SOPs.
  • Document experiment procedures. Collect, compile, evaluate and analyze data. Interpret detailed assay procedures and test results.
  • Prepare reagent, solutions, and oligos used for production.
  • Update LIMS, sample tracking and project summary using excel sheets.
  • Perform routine laboratory equipment maintenance and log records as required.
  • Troubleshoot problematic results.
  • Track the inventory for reagents and report to team lead when furthering order is needed.
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned.

Skills and experience

            Molecular Biology skills including nucleic acid handling, enzymatic reaction, PCR reaction et. al.

Minimum Education

            Master's degree in biological science or equivalent. A Bachelor's degree and two years of directly related experience is considered equivalent to a Master's degree.

Minimum Job Experience

            1 year of lab experience is preferred

Minimum Certification /License

            ASCP or equivalent certification is preferred. If not certified, must obtain certification within 6-12 months of hire date.


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