Posting Number SRGV5285
Working Title ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Number of Vacancies 1
Location McAllen, Texas
Department School of Medicine / Human Genetics
Scope of Job
Under limited supervision and with moderate latitude for the use of initiative
and independent judgment, performs complex cellular and molecular research
work including optimization of stem cell methodologies for cellular
reprogramming and differentiation, manipulation of gene function using
molecular methods and development and optimization of novel assays and
methodologies for multidimensional cellular and molecular phenotyping of the
disease specific target cells. The candidate will be assisting in the
development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized research projects.
Manages the upkeep, training, and supervision of specialized research
equipment within area of assigned responsibility.
Description of Duties
• Plans, conducts, monitors, and analyzes cellular research projects to
include interpreting results, developing new methodologies and nonstandard
tests, recommending technology-based solutions, or determining computational
strategies; formulates and monitors long-range research objectives, programs,
and priorities; reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the impact of legislation,
regulations, and policies affecting current research.
• May assist in formulation of research objectives and programs and determine
the scope of methodologies of research projects and areas to be evaluated;
provides consultation relating to research design, planning, instrumentation,
statistical analysis, and reporting; works with researchers on the development
of experiments and interpretation of results for research and teaching.
• Assists in developing policies and procedures used in conducting and
administering research, demonstration, and evaluation activities; assists with
conducting data quality assurance procedures; develops, improves, or
customizes products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods;
prepares research data sets and documents data structure and definitions; may
develop new software applications or customize existing applications to meet
specific scientific project needs.
• Writes technical papers or summary of findings and prepares standards and
specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests; coordinates or
advises personnel in test procedures.
• Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data to include the use of
cellular and molecular high-throughput and genome-wide methods; prepares and
provides presentations for professional organizations, governmental entities,
and the public; communicates research results through conference
presentations, scientific publications, or project reports.
• Ensures adherence to laboratory standards and practices to maximize safety
and operational effectiveness; prepares and schedules equipment use during
laboratory/research sessions; may diagnose equipment malfunctions, dismantle,
and repair equipment; maintains laboratory instruments to ensure proper
working order and troubleshoots malfunctions when needed; compiles and
analyzes test information to determine process or equipment operating
efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
• Trains users on the operation and data management of research equipment.
• Handles all issues relating to laboratory supplies, including ordering
materials, maintaining inventory, and proper storage.
• Participates in proposal writing and coordination for external funds for
equipment acquisitions; may be a Principle Investigator or Co-Principle
• Knowledge of all Microsoft Office software and able to learn and use
institutional software systems.
• Complies with all State and University policies.
• Other duties may be assigned.
Specific supervision from assigned supervisor.
May train and supervise the work of others.
Knowledge of cellular and molecular biology methods, particularly experience
in the field of stem cell biology, cellular reprogramming, pluripotent stem
cell differentiation, manipulation of gene function using molecular methods
and extensive knowledge of cellular and molecular phenotyping techniques.
Experience in a relevant area.
Skilled in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and in using
cellular and molecular biology equipment, computers, software, and statistical
tools and programs.
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. The work
environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be
exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of
electrical shock; and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work
environment is usually moderate.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-
workers and the public. May work some evenings and/or weekends. Ability to
plan, organize, and oversee research projects, evaluate research data, ensure
the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability,
relevance, and validity, interpret and publish research findings, and
Employment Category Full-Time
Minimum Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posted Salary Commensurate with Experience
Position Available Date 09/01/2021
Grant Funded Position Yes
If Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date 02/28/2023
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