Research Associate

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Research Associate

Agency

Texas A&M University

Department

Vet Med Pathobiology

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values .

Who we are


The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) is an institution that represents 100 years of growth from a small school of veterinary medicine in 1916 to its present role as a major veterinary educational, medical, and research center. Today, we are one of the largest colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, training nearly 600 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students each year. We support collaboration and teamwork that turns today's discoveries into proactive solutions for animals, humans, and the environment. Together, we strive to support the goals of the faculty, staff and students in teaching, research and outreach programs.  To learn more, please visit our website https://vetmed.tamu.edu/

What we want

The Research Associate performs skilled, administrative, and managerial support in research. Plans and directs certain phases in a research project. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If this job description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

This is a Grant funded position. Employment may be contingent upon additional funding in the future. Cover Letter/Resume’/References: A cover letter, resume’, and contact information for three professional references (to include at least one previous supervisor) are strongly recommended. You may upload all three on the application under CV/Resume or upon answering the questionnaire you may attach the documents.

COVID-19 information:   Texas A&M University monitors and updates our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes to align with local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible.  Each department has established both remote and in-person procedures for conducting these processes, which include sanitizing common spaces, a mask policy, and maintaining safe physical distancing to the extent possible.  Departments will provide the procedures to be followed at each step of the recruiting process.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Appropriate bachelor’s degree
  • Two years' of relevant professional experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others
  • Exceptional communication skills, ability to work independently, multi-task, organized and detail-oriented, demonstrated creativity and high motivation

Other Requirements or Other Factors

  • Requires occasional lifting of materials, protracted standing or sitting in one position, occasional kneeling
  • Handling and collecting biological samples of animals (ferrets, dogs, cats, rodents) and animal biological samples: parasite specimens, feces, blood, serum

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry or other life sciences related field or Masters’ degree in a related field
  • Familiarity with appropriate laboratory and technical equipment
  • Some experience in a parasitology lab related experience preferred and have attended a Parasitology course would be a plus
  • Experience with the following lab techniques: classical diagnostic parasitology techniques, ELISA, cell and parasite culture, microscopy, DNA and RNA extraction, routine PCR, real-time PCR, PCR product purification, and agarose gel electrophoresis

    Experience with working with animals (dogs, ferrets, others)

  • Experience with Bioinformatics skills

Responsibilities:

  • Laboratory Testing - Performs routine laboratory tests including DNA and RNA extraction, cell and parasite culture, routine PCR and real time PCR and synthesizes and interprets results. Assists with diagnostic parasitology service including a series of classical, microscopy-based diagnostic tests.
  • Procedures - Designs and troubleshoots protocols, procedures and techniques including molecular and immunodiagnostics tests. Provide training and supervision to graduate students, professional and undergraduate students, and part-time workers in standardized research techniques and analytical procedures; Travel to sample collection sites might be required.
  • Project Development - Assists a project leader with the development and implementation of research projects. Participates  in sample collection and animal experiments; development and scheduling of experiments; conducts experiments; and maintains detailed records of data and prepares written summaries of results for inclusion in reports and manuscripts; utilizes computers to generate graphics and statistical displays and bioinformatics/phylogenetic analysis; sets up and organize lab meetings; presents at lab meetings.
  • Equipment and Supplies - Operates and maintains lab equipment, including microscopes, centrifuges, thermocyclers, and incubators; performs and schedules maintenance on research equipment; may coordinate the use of research equipment and other resources. Ensure availability of proper laboratory supplies and procures supplies as necessary; maintain and update records of expenditures on project accounts. Performs other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.



Job Title

Research Associate

Agency

Texas A&M University

Department

Vet Med Pathobiology

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values .

Who we are


The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) is an institution that represents 100 years of growth from a small school of veterinary medicine in 1916 to its present role as a major veterinary educational, medical, and research center. Today, we are one of the largest colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, training nearly 600 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students each year. We support collaboration and teamwork that turns today's discoveries into proactive solutions for animals, humans, and the environment. Together, we strive to support the goals of the faculty, staff and students in teaching, research and outreach programs.  To learn more, please visit our website https://vetmed.tamu.edu/

What we want

The Research Associate performs skilled, administrative, and managerial support in research. Plans and directs certain phases in a research project. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If this job description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

This is a Grant funded position. Employment may be contingent upon additional funding in the future. Cover Letter/Resume’/References: A cover letter, resume’, and contact information for three professional references (to include at least one previous supervisor) are strongly recommended. You may upload all three on the application under CV/Resume or upon answering the questionnaire you may attach the documents.

COVID-19 information:   Texas A&M University monitors and updates our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes to align with local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible.  Each department has established both remote and in-person procedures for conducting these processes, which include sanitizing common spaces, a mask policy, and maintaining safe physical distancing to the extent possible.  Departments will provide the procedures to be followed at each step of the recruiting process.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Appropriate bachelor’s degree
  • Two years' of relevant professional experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others
  • Exceptional communication skills, ability to work independently, multi-task, organized and detail-oriented, demonstrated creativity and high motivation

Other Requirements or Other Factors

  • Requires occasional lifting of materials, protracted standing or sitting in one position, occasional kneeling
  • Handling and collecting biological samples of animals (ferrets, dogs, cats, rodents) and animal biological samples: parasite specimens, feces, blood, serum

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry or other life sciences related field or Masters’ degree in a related field
  • Familiarity with appropriate laboratory and technical equipment
  • Some experience in a parasitology lab related experience preferred and have attended a Parasitology course would be a plus
  • Experience with the following lab techniques: classical diagnostic parasitology techniques, ELISA, cell and parasite culture, microscopy, DNA and RNA extraction, routine PCR, real-time PCR, PCR product purification, and agarose gel electrophoresis

    Experience with working with animals (dogs, ferrets, others)

  • Experience with Bioinformatics skills

Responsibilities:

  • Laboratory Testing - Performs routine laboratory tests including DNA and RNA extraction, cell and parasite culture, routine PCR and real time PCR and synthesizes and interprets results. Assists with diagnostic parasitology service including a series of classical, microscopy-based diagnostic tests.
  • Procedures - Designs and troubleshoots protocols, procedures and techniques including molecular and immunodiagnostics tests. Provide training and supervision to graduate students, professional and undergraduate students, and part-time workers in standardized research techniques and analytical procedures; Travel to sample collection sites might be required.
  • Project Development - Assists a project leader with the development and implementation of research projects. Participates  in sample collection and animal experiments; development and scheduling of experiments; conducts experiments; and maintains detailed records of data and prepares written summaries of results for inclusion in reports and manuscripts; utilizes computers to generate graphics and statistical displays and bioinformatics/phylogenetic analysis; sets up and organize lab meetings; presents at lab meetings.
  • Equipment and Supplies - Operates and maintains lab equipment, including microscopes, centrifuges, thermocyclers, and incubators; performs and schedules maintenance on research equipment; may coordinate the use of research equipment and other resources. Ensure availability of proper laboratory supplies and procures supplies as necessary; maintain and update records of expenditures on project accounts. Performs other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.


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