Research Associate

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7103950 (Ref:12090-en_US)

Posted: June 26, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


A research associate position in neuroscience/metabolism is available at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  This position will focus on translational research on the genetic causes of obesity, utilizing clinical findings to determine underlying mechanisms of weight gain.  The ideal candidate will hold a Bachelor's degree or higher in the life sciences and have experience in molecular biology and genetics.  Candidates are expected to have experience with molecular and cell biology techniques, including qPCR, western blots, immunohistochemistry, RNAi, mutagenesis, and cell culture.  The candidate may help with mouse experiments, but these will not be a major part of the day-to-day activities.


The Sisley lab is in the Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Our research focuses on the brain control of energy and glucose homeostasis.  We are specifically interested in 1) the role of the vitamin D receptor in the brain on glucose control and 2) the effect of genetic variations on weight regulation.  Our ultimate goals are to understand the biology of obesity and diabetes, and to use this knowledge to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with obesity and/or diabetes.

Job Duties

  • Collects, compiles and analyzes data using Microsoft Excel and GraphPad Prism.
  • Selects, evaluates and applies techniques for routine molecular work (such as westerns and rtPCR).
  • Conducts cell culture experiments.
  • Conducts immunohistochemistry experiments on cells and brain tissue.
  • Supervises undergraduate students.
  • Helps train graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Basic Science or a related field.  Experience in lieu of degree will not be accepted.
  • Three years of relevant experience typically as a Research Assistant, Research Technician or Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience post-degree in molecular techniques (qPCR, Western blots, immunohistochemistry) and cell culture 
  • Experience with neuroanatomy, iPSC culture, and basic animal handling
  • Over 5 years of laboratory experience
  • Desire to contribute to publications and present research at meetings



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.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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Job posting number:#7103950 (Ref:12090-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
United States
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