Research Assistant I - Neurobiology & Anatomy

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
210001CG Requisition #

Position Summary:

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

Neurobiology & Anatomy 

Full Time


TMC location


The ideal candidate will have research experience in biochemistry, cell biology and related fields.  Specific technical training will be provided as required; however previous practical lab experience is tissue culture and more specifically culturing of primary neurons would be a significant plus.  In addition, experience in fluorescence and/or electron microscopy and image processing will also be seen as a positive.  After training the applicant will be required to work independently and be responsible for carrying projects forward unassisted.  The position also requires providing for general lab support, ordering and lab maintenance.  This position presently has available funding for 1 year period.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Under close supervision, conducts research activities according to research protocol. 
  2. May maintain clean laboratory equipment and/or work area to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.
  3. Collects, evaluates, and interprets research data to provide needed information to principal investigators and other researchers. Updates notebooks, records, and databases as needed.
  4. Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for research department.
  5. Orders laboratory and/or other supplies as directed by senior research staff.
  6. As needed, may coordinate the work of laboratory technicians and assistants to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results.
  7. Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulations, and codes.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.


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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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

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