UT Health Research Associate in Houston, Texas

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Job Category


Job Title

Research Associate



# Hours Per Week


Shift/Work Schedule



McGovern Medical School



Job Location

Houston, TX

Job Summary

Where Creating the Best Hope for a Healthier Future Begins...


Plans, conducts, and directs a wide variety of experiments. Assists with the day-to-day activities for research project(s) and may impact the success of the research project(s).

Additional Summary Specific to Job


  1. Collects, evaluates, interprets, and documents research data to accomplish the objectives of a wide variety of scientific experiments and research projects.

  2. Manage large colony of transgenic mice. This mouse colony contains approximately 80 strains of mice with global or tissue-specific deletion of genes utilizing the Cre-recombinase system. Some of them are triple transgenic animals, where cre is under the control of a tamoxifen inducer. As such, deep knowledge of the Cre-flox system, setting up breading strategies to achieve complex triple-transgenic knockout mice is a requirement.

  3. Influences project direction and outcomes by identifying opportunities to enhance, terminate, or re-direct research activities.

  4. May recruit study participants or field interviewers.

  5. Evaluates and interprets data and provides results to investigators to support publication

  6. Maintains quality control checks and a safe environment in compliance with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulation and codes.

  7. Assists in the preparation and writing of research reports, manuscripts, papers and grant proposals for presentation and publication.

  8. Provides direction and training to lab personnel to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results in compliance with all protocols, guidelines, regulations, etc.

  9. Oversee mouse colony, adjust the breading process to the individual needs of a large pool of investigators, oversee geno-typing of the mice, and trouble shoot any breading issues.

  10. Submit animal protocols of tissue injury, and assure compliance of all laboratory members with the protocol.

  11. Organize and be in charge of documentation of mouse breeding, ear tag numbers, and maintain an electronic data base.

  12. Process all mouse transfers with collaborators, and be in charge of MTAs between different parties

  13. Participate in murine experiments of organ injury, such as cegal ligation and puncture studies, studies with inflammatory bowel disease, or other animal models that are being used in the research center.

  14. Assist with complicated and challenging research approaches in mice, including setting up new experimental approaches, i.v. or i.p. injections etc., and should have considerable experience in mouse handling and mouse experimentation.

  15. Performs other duties as assigned.

Organizational Requirements


Bachelor's degree in a related field with three (3) years of related research experience including experience in a lead research role; or

Master's degree in a related field with one (1) year of related research experience including experience in a lead research role.


Years of experience varies based on education level.

Departmental Requirements/Preferences


Considerable knowledge in basic and sophisticated equipment

Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

This position works with Houston Independent School District (H.I.S.D.) students.


This position works with minors under the age of 18 years.


This position will be working in a laboratory or clinic


This position will use radiation sources


Pre Employment Conditions

Drug Test

TB Skin Test

Open to current UTHSC-H employees only?


Job Classification


FLSA Status


Does this position accept online applications?


This is a grant funded position


Benefits Eligible


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