Research Technician II

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7152269 (Ref:16131-en_US)

Posted: June 7, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute (BPRI) is a NSF Biological Integration Institute focused on understanding how behavioral plasticity in grasshoppers (i.e., locust phase polyphenism) leads to locust plagues and its ecological implications. The BPRI has a Research Technician (RT) position available in the laboratories of Dr. Gabbiani and Dr. Zong in the Departments of Neuroscience and Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. The Research Technician will participate in a project focused on characterizing the electrophysiological properties of an identified neuron involved in collision avoidance behavior across several locust and grasshopper species. Additionally, we aim to characterize the gene expression profile of this neuron and to generate gene expression profile atlases of the locust nervous system using cutting edge molecular biology techniques. The methods that will be used are established but require a broad range of skills. The position is therefore best suited for a committed and inspired individual, for example a recent college graduate that is looking for experience before applying for graduate school in a Neuroscience or Genetics program.

Job Duties

  • Assists with ongoing behavioral experimental assays.
  • Carries out animal dissections for electrophysiological experiments.
  • Carries out molecular cloning and sequencing procedures, that includes PCR and gel electrophoresis assays.
  • Takes care of animal husbandry.
  • Carries out micro-injections of animal eggs.
  • Collects, validates, analyzes data, and documents the results of experiments.
  • Assists with cleaning and maintaining 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

  • Experience in carrying out dissections under a stereomicroscope and intracellular electrophysiological recordings are desirable.
  • Experience in qRT-PCR and cloning.
  • Experience in RNA or DNA sequencing.
  • Experience with Drosophila transgenesis is a plus.
  • Highly motivated and has willingness to work hard and learn new techniques.


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:#7152269 (Ref:16131-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
United States
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