Research Technician II - Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7225715 (Ref.No. 18704-en_US)
Posted: March 7, 2024

Job Description


Become an active member of a research team investigating neurodegenerative diseases, that includes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The technician will provide technical assistance in support of research projects by completing assignments requiring a basic knowledge of fundamental techniques and practices related to neurology and genetics, working under minimal supervision by a higher-level research staff member. Seeking a highly motivated, responsible, and organized individual to join a research team focused on understanding the genetics and pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. The technician will participate in studies directed by Dr. Joshua Shulman in the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. The research integrates experimental genetic approaches using both fruit fly (Drosophila) and cell culture models of disease as well as direct study of human subject cohorts. The research technician will assist members of the research team to conduct the experiments. The technician will perform additional duties related to the ongoing research efforts of the laboratory. Training in specialized research methods will be provided.

Job Duties

  • Helps prepare and perform research experiments. 
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • Documents results.
  • Performs routine genetic, biochemical, and molecular biology techniques such as cell culture, Western blotting, ELISA, and DNA cloning.
  • Performs fruit fly genetic experiments, that includes assisting with upkeep of fly stocks. 
  • Works on DNA sample preparation and management.
  • Maintains detailed records of research activities, that includes study protocols and records of subject enrollment and sample collection.   
  • Conducts literature searches and summarizes information in an appropriate format for a particular study.
  • Orders laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Assists with cleaning, and maintains the laboratory area in a neat orderly condition.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field. Four years of related experience may substitute for degree requirement.
  • No experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent time management, communication and organizational skills are preferred. 



Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.




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