Research Assistant I

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7108165 (Ref:12695-en_US)

Posted: August 16, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


We are hiring a research assistant in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine. The Breast Center is a collaborative environment dedicated to breast health and disease research, as well as prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of different forms of breast cancer. We are looking for a motivated candidate to work in the capacity of research assistant. This position is best suited for recent graduates of Bachelor's degree who wish to gain more research experience and/or hands-on bioinformatics skills.


The prospective will be working in a new laboratory headed by a computational biology principal investigator recently funded by CPRIT. The laboratory is interested in integrating various modalities of single-cell sequencing data and spatial genomics data to better understand the contribution of spatial multi-cellular environments to cancer formation, progression.

Job Duties

  • Participate in the writing of research papers and grants.
  • Keep abreast of latest research findings in journals and conferences. 
  • Summarize research findings using sound statistics and informative plots/figures.
  • Help postdoctoral fellows and bioinformatics programmers in the laboratory in running analysis pipelines, summarizing paper findings, modifying and running command-line Linux Shell scripts, and generating attractive figures for publication purposes.
  • Curate datasets obtained from the public repository such as GEO and ArrayExpress. Manage these data in local computers. 
  • Work together with other bioinformatic tools developers in the laboratory in implementing algorithms and software packages.
  • Download data from repositories (GEO) for public data integration, interrogation, and hypothesis generation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or a related field.
  • Two years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Information Technology, or engineering related field.
  • Candidate should have good communication and written skills, good interpersonal skill, and critical thinking skill. In addition, the candidate should be comfortable working with large-scale datasets (single cell and imaging data), and working in the high-performance computing (HPC) environment.



Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.


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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