University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

United States

February 28, 2023


Posting Details Posting Number SRGV5285

Working Title ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST Number of Vacancies 1 Location McAllen, Texas Department School of Medicine / Human Genetics FTE 1.0 FLSA Exempt 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 Investigator. • 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.

Supervision Received

Specific supervision from assigned supervisor.

Supervision Given

May train and supervise the work of others.

Required Education


Preferred Education




Required Experience

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.

Preferred Experience

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.

Working Conditions

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 communicate effectively.

Physical Capabilities 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

EEO Statement

It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non discrimination in it's education programs and activities, including employment.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity/Race
  • Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (956) 665-2451 and/or

    Additional Information

    UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

    All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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  • Are you now, or previously, employed by The University of Texas System or any of its institutions?
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  • Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Optional Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Writing / Publication Sample
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Reference Letter 1
  • Reference Letter 2
  • Reference Letter 3
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  • Letter of Interest
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