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UT Health Research Assistant I - Integrative Biology & Pharmacology in Texas

Research Assistant I - Integrative Biology & Pharmacology



McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 190002IS

Position Summary:

Under close direction of senior research staff, conducts activities to support research projects.

Research assistant position is available to study how RNA modifications influence mRNA translation in cancer. We are looking for someone who can carry an independent research project and assist other lab members with their experiments. The applicant should be motivated, have good organizational skills, ability to work well with people and a lively interest in biological questions.

Integrative Biology & Pharmacology

Full Time

TMC Location


Position Key Accountabilities:

Under supervision of senior research staff, the candidate will conduct activities to support different research projects, participate in discussion of results and analysis of data.

Experiments will involve:

  1. General mammalian cell and tissue culture. Maintenance of tissue culture room and set up. Preparation of sterile solutions and materials.

  2. Molecular Biology Techniques: DNA restriction analysis, cloning, and extractions. PCR analysis and genotyping of transgenic animals. Protein extraction, co-immunoprecipitations and Western Blotting. Immunofluorescence. RNA isolation, Northern Blots and qPCR analysis. Purification of recombinant proteins from bacterial culture.

  3. Prepare reagents and buffers for biochemistry experiments.

Additional Responsibilities:

Oversee equipment maintenance. Insure adequate supplies for experimental needs. Manage lab safety programs to insure compliance with all applicable regulations. Assist in laboratory space and facilities planning; maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and reagents

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

Performs other duties as assigned.


Research experience and knowledge in the fields of cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry is strongly preferred.


Bachelor’s degree in Molecular/Cell Biology or Biochemistry is preferred.

General knowledge of research fields.

Minimum Education:

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

Minimum Experience:

No years of experience.

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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