Works under the direction of a faculty member. Provides expertise in the design, operation and analysis of experiments or research projects in areas such as chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, optometry, all fields of engineering, etc. May prepare samples for testing. Performs advanced testing procedures and performs analyses of data. Prepares reports. Makes uses of a variety of specialized equipment typical within area of specialization. May contribute to grant proposal development.Ensures experiments or research efforts are performed according to specifications. May make recommendations to changes in procedures, processes, or experimental design. May prepare and/or edit research papers, proposals and reports.Possesses, understands, and applies an advanced knowledge crossing fields of specialization to develop unique and new approaches or ideas. Understands and uses effective management techniques.
Duties: Designs, operates and analyzes multiple large and/or complex experiments or research projects. Reviews progress of projects. May serve as liaison with other areas of specialization to obtain support or technical expertise for projects. Defines procedures or processes to be used in the research investigations. May personally conduct important and/or technically complex investigations.
Supervision: Operates with wide latitude for unreviewed action subject only to institutional policies and guidelines and ethical considerations. Provides direction and supervision of graduate and undergraduate research assistants involved in experiments or research.
Doctoral and 3 years experience
Ph.D. Degree with 3 years of experience.
Cullen College of Engineering’s Biomedical Engineering Department seeks a scientist for a Research Associate 2 position to develop in vivo, ex vivo, and in vitro experimental models and carry out studies of molecular mechanisms relevant to pathogenesis, immune response, and bacterial virulence mechanisms. The selected candidate will work with the May Lab and collaborating scientists to study and profile cellular and molecular host-pathogen interaction pathways and microbial communities using standard molecular biology techniques, genetic engineering/synthetic biology, and multi-omic methods to generate quantitative data for use in the development and validation of theoretical models. The position will require all of the following: supervision of laboratory activities, development of new protocols, instructional duties related to teaching of laboratory methods, preparation of manuscripts, and contribution to grant applications. Position is for contingent on performance and funding availability.
This position requires a PhD or equivalent degree in molecular biology, cellular biology, immunology, biochemistry or closely related fields and a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral or equivalent experience. Candidate must have a minimum of 2 years of experience in BSL2 laboratory methods and operation and work with primary murine cell cultures, cell lines, bacterial and infectious disease research. . Experience with animal models of infection and animal protocols is required. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years of experience in animal husbandry and well experienced in tissue harvesting and primary cell generation. Knowledge of molecular aspects of immunopathogenesis and strong molecular and cellular biology skills are required (e.g. immune cell isolation, DNA/RNA isolation and analysis, genetic engineering/synthetic biology, immunohistochemistry, microscopy). Candidates must be able to work with BSL2-level pathogenic organisms including agents that may require formal completion of a security assessment. Candidate must have demonstrated experience in genetic engineering methods. Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year experience supervising a laboratory and training students in experimental methods, and demonstrate skills necessary for successful collaborative research, including a publication record commensurate with level of experience.
Desired: Background in biochemistry, biostatistics or familiarity with bioinformatics is highly desired. Candidates with BSL3 experience as well as candidates with experience in metabolomics, proteomics, and protocols for digital transcriptomics are highly desired. Prior experience developing new protocols and demonstration of skills required in overseeing various laboratory activities is desired.
Internal Number: STA004788
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