Senior Staff Scientist

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7228349 (Ref:18826-en_US)

Posted: March 14, 2024

Job Description


The laboratory of Dr. Matthew McGinley in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking applicants for a Senior Staff Scientist position. The McGinley lab studies the neural circuit basis of sensory-guided behavior in health and disease. The Senior Staff Scientist will contribute critically to generating critical data and training and assisting graduate students and postdocs in the lab on their projects, as well as analyzing data and assisting with paper and grant writing. The purpose of this vital position is to facilitate and set the standard for our complex and multi-faceted lab to smoothly produce high-quality results and make discoveries.

Job Duties

  • Conducts research experiments, including auditory patch-clamp electrophysiology and two-photon imaging in mice presented with sounds and/or engaged with decision-making behaviors.
  • Documents and interprets results of experiments and reports to principal investigators.
  • Performs technical laboratory procedures:
    • Rodent surgeries with aseptic technique
    • Virus Injection o Animal Husbandry
    • Autoclaving surgical instruments
  • Selects and determines appropriate research procedures.
  • Collects and analyzes data and maintains records.
  • Enters data into research databases.
  • Helps supervise projects performed by research technicians, graduate students, and postdocs.
  • Assists with preparing laboratory reports, progress reports for grants, etc.
  • Operates laboratory equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral Degree. Experience may not be substituted in lieu of degree.
  • Seven years of postdoctoral  research experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with animal behavior, animal surgeries, brain physiology, or computation
  • Knowledge on software/hardware relating to behavioral and/or physiological data acquisition and analyses (Python, Matlab, LabVIEW)
  • Ability and desire to work closely with and help coordinate a large and diverse team of scientists and engineers
  • Strong communication skills, including sensitivity to diversity and a positive attitude
  • Strong organization skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability to unexpected developments and to a fast-paced and rapidly evolving research program
  • Strong work ethic



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:#7228349 (Ref:18826-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
United States
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