Research Assistant II - Virology

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7146671 (Ref:15965-en_US)

Posted: May 24, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Department of Pediatrics Section of Tropical Medicine seeks a highly motivated and qualified Research Assistant II to work in the lab of Dr. Shannon Ronca. The purpose of the Research Assistant II position in the Department of Pediatrics-Tropical Medicine is to conduct responsible research work in virology, immunology, and epidemiology. The project will primarily focus on developing vaccines, treatments, and understanding mechanisms of viruses requiring Biosafety Level 3 handling, such as SARS-CoV-2, West Nile virus, and Chikungunya virus.

Job Duties

  • Perform laboratory work in molecular and cellular biology and immunology, including but not limited to cell culture maintenance, DNA preparation, PCR, flow cytometry, and ELISA.
  • Perform laboratory work in virology, including infectious work with in vitro and in vivo models, and viral titration assays. The majority of this work will occur at a BSL-3. 
  • Select and perform appropriate research procedures.
  • Master BSL-3 competencies and assist in running a BSL-3 training program. 
  • Ensure quality control of laboratory procedures, including test validations.
  • Oversee the maintenance of lab equipment and environment.
  • Data entry, cleaning, and analysis. 
  • Perform additional routine laboratory procedures to assist in the lab's research.
  • Maintain an accurate, up-to-date, organized, and legible lab notebook that records all data according to methods requested.
  • Conduct literature searches and summarizes information in an appropriate format.
  • Analyze results of experiments and reports to principal investigators.
  • Assign duties to less experienced staff and provide secondary supervision to staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or a related field. 
  • Three years of relevant experience.


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:#7146671 (Ref:15965-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
United States
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