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Research Assistant I - Ribonucleic Acid Core Team

Job Ref: 26359

Talent Area: Laboratory

Houston Methodist Research Institute
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: RNAcore

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Company Profile

Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments.  The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease.  A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,500 staff and trainees, 277 principal investigators and has more than 840 ongoing clinical trials.

Job Summary

Utilizes skills to provide technical research laboratory support in performing research experiments. Maintains records of data collected. Assists in the organization, tabulation and analysis of data under the direct supervision of the laboratory manager or Principal Investigator. 


  • Will apply standard molecular biology laboratory practices such as cloning, PCR, DNA/RNA purification and gel electrophoresis.
  • Will perform HPLC techniques following the instructions and guidance of Senior Scientists
  • •Will meticulously execute technical processes for research grade mRNA manufacturing to generate high quality RNAcore products.
  • Will observe and carefully follow RNAcore standard operating procedures.
  • Will effectively utilize computer systems, including Microsoft office applications, database software, and statistical or technical software.
  • Will maintain precise lab Notebooks, detailed records of executed standard operation procedures, and other research operations.
  • Will provide technical support for RNAcore projects and senior scientists.
  • Will communicate results clearly and concisely and provide progress reports in an organized, consistent manner.
  • Assists in compilation, tabulation, and analysis of data.
  • May perform handling of laboratory animals.

·         Demonstrates the components of the ICARE values statement.

·         Follows all safety rules while on the job.  Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Performs other duties as assigned. 


Associates of Arts (AA) with 5+ years experience Or Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Bachelor of Science (BS) with no experience. 


2 years or less of related research experience required. 


Certificates required depending on department specialty. 


Normal office conditions. Some assignments may be in labs with typical environmental hazards and concerns.

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