Research Assistant I - Next Generation Sequencing

Vacancy number: 
Human Genome Sequencing Center
Salary range: 
$44,948 - $51,683
Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX


The Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) at Baylor College of Medicine was founded in 1996 under the leadership of Dr. Richard Gibbs and is a world leader in genomics. The primary mission of the HGSC is actionable translational research across the full spectrum of human health and disease using large-scale genomic data to drive collaborative analytics, gene-phenotype discovery, and clinical innovation. The HGSC is funded from multiple National Institutes of Health sources, including the All of Us Research Program (AoURP) as a Genome Center, the Gregor Consortium to elucidate the genetics of rare disease funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and as a sequence technology core for the Texas Medical Center Genomic Center for Infectious Disease (GCID) established by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Being a premier large-scale sequencing center, the HGSC provides a unique opportunity to work on the cutting edge of genomic science in a state-of-the-art institution.

The Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant (RA- I) to work in research production pipelines. The position would principally involve sample preparation for next generation sequencing (NGS) across multiple pipelines including DNA and RNA QC, construction of NGS DNA libraries, or support Olink proteomics platform. 

Job Duties

  • Work independently and within a team under the direction of the team leader and the group manager.
  • Perform laboratory research projects and production tasks following the SOPs.
  • Collect, compile, evaluate and analyze data.
  • Document experiment results and report to supervisor.
  • Troubleshoot problematic 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.
  • Operate robotic liquid handlers.
  • Track the inventory for reagents and report to team lead when furthering order is needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or a related field.
  • Two years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in biological science or in a related field.

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.