Research Associate RNA Therapeutics - Kiss

Location: Houston Methodist Academic Institute
6670 Bertner Ave
Houston, TX 77030
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Talent Area:
Academic Institute
Job Shift:
1st - Day
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Posted Date:
Nov. 1, 2022


At Houston Methodist, the Research Associate II position is responsible for conducting advanced laboratory experiments on research projects with minimal supervision. This position provides advanced technical research skills and establishing test methods and procedures under the direction of Department Chairperson or Scientist (Faculty). The Research Associate II position evaluates results of (or response to) process; summarizes data; may provide oversight and guidance to other associates.



Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Monitors team of Research Assistants and Post Docs 0-2. Provides communication of needs, issues to be addressed, and all important information necessary to ensure department success. Facilitates open, professional, communication to achieve mutual understanding, role modeling by example. (EF)
  2. Promotes a positive work environment with the interprofessional care team to achieve optimal department results. Participates in teamwork by responding positively to requests for assistance. (EF)
  3. Teaches peers to critically think by verbally expressing rationale for decisions and follows up consistently. Uses peer-to-peer accountability towards improvement of department score for employee engagement. (EF)


  1. Organizes the workflow, proactively problem solves, anticipates needs, and manages multiple ongoing priorities. (EF)
  2. Analyzes data for research grants and publications (medium to high complexity). Maintains accurate records of all research and data collection. (EF)
  3. Completes/performs research and incorporates novel procedures and methods into research experiments as appropriate (medium complexity). (EF)


  1. Independently handles resolution of complex problems and issues and notifies management of issue and resolution. Serves as escalation support for less experienced staff. (EF)
  2. Writes and maintains regulatory and safety committee applications/protocols. (EF)
  3. Establishes and maintains quality control of project operations. (EF)


  1. Utilizes resources effectively and efficiently, demonstrating responsible financial stewardship. Manages own time effectively and prioritizes work to achieve maximum results in a timely manner. (EF)
  2. Assists with ensuring orders for supplies are on appropriate grants. (EF)


  1. Drives change initiatives, maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusts effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures. Partners effectively with stakeholders as appropriate. (EF)
  2. Determines specific research project goals and objectives to be attained. Assumes responsibility and oversight for those goals and objectives. (EF)
  3. Participates in publication and grant writing as first author. Works toward writing specific aims and research plan independently. (EF)
  4. Proactively manages own professional development and completes My Development Plan. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



o Terminal Degree


o Six years post-doctoral experience


o None


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Exercises independent judgment related to situations of a sensitive, confidential, and scientific nature

o Ability to initiate and complete tasks with minimal supervision

o Ability to deal with high volumes and rigid deadlines



Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional Yes

Other (dept approved) No


On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (i.e. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc.) regardless of selection above



May require travel within No

Houston Metropolitan area


May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Please note any other special considerations to this job: Ability to work in office setting, involving the use of office equipment and supplies. Ability to work in a laboratory and/or animal research facility. Work in animal research facility requires health evaluation and approval by the HM Employee Health _

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Academic Institute was formed to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments. The Research Institute was created in 2004 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 and clinical trials, the Academic Institute houses over 2,110 credentialed researchers conducting 1,387 ongoing clinical protocols.

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