Texas Agricultural Experiment Station Assistant Research Scientist in College Station, Texas

Job Title

Assistant Research Scientist


Texas A&M Agrilife Research



Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type


Job Description


  • Conduct laboratory research in the areas of microbiology and molecular biology. Will include data collection, analysis and interpretation of results, including next generation sequencing data, etc; and, supervise other lab personnel (graduate/undergraduate students) engaged in research activities.

  • Manage molecular virology laboratory. This involves overseeing the day-to-day operations of the laboratory including all maintenance; supply ordering; lab safety; set-up and maintain Linux based servers (including compiling and updating programs); research activities in general; and general oversight of all lab personnel, including teaching and training laboratory employees and students in standard microbiological practices and commonly used genetic and molecular biology methods.

  • Write reports and articles for publication in refereed journals, for grantors, etc.; assist with preparing and writing grant proposals for external funding to relevant agencies and companies; oversee and coordinate all research proposals including preparation of text documents, monitoring progress and timely submission, supervision and coordination of laboratory publications including instruction manuals, laboratory manuals, inventory databases, texts, and reports.

  • Other duties as assigned/needed.

Required Education:

Ph.D. in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics or closely related field

Required Experience:

Demonstrated experience conducting biological research, preparing libraries for next generation sequencing, analyzing next generation sequencing data, and managing laboratory personnel.

Preferred Experience:

Experience working with viral pathogens classified at BSL-2 and BSL-3.

Required Special Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively use personal computer to communicate, prepare proposals to include cost information on spread sheets as applicable and provide reports of activities; ability to effectively communicate with faculty, students and staff; familiarity with appropriate laboratory, farm and/or technical equipment; ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others; demonstrated abilities to analyze data and write reports; familiar with UNIX, Windows, Python, R and Mac operating systems: and detail oriented and ability to organize tasks and prioritize work with minimal supervision.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Ability to set-up and maintain Linux based servers; knowledge of standard microbiological practices and commonly used molecular biology methods; and familiar with bioinformatic and statistical software for the analysis of next generation sequencing data.

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

Work may require standing/sitting at work bench for extended periods of time.

Comments to applicants:

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the agency's verification of credentials and/or other information required by agency procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research is the state’s premier research and technology development agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences. Headquartered in College Station, AgriLife Research has a statewide presence, with scientists and research staff on other Texas A&M University System campuses and at the 13 regional Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Centers. We conduct more than 500 projects each year, with more than $202.5 million in research funding for fiscal year 2015. AgriLife Research helps to improve the productivity, efficiency, and profitability of agriculture. At the same time, we focus on conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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