Research Assistant I Bench at Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas

Posted in Other 14 days ago.

Job Description:

At Houston Methodist, the Research Assistant I Bench position is responsible for utilizing skills to provide technical research laboratory support in performing research experiments. This position maintains records of data collected. The Research Assistant I Bench position assists in the organization, tabulation and analysis of data under the direct supervision of the laboratory manager or Principal Investigator (PI).


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

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  1. Actively participates in research planning meetings and provides meaningful contributions that drive decision-making and clearly identifies next steps. (EF)

  2. Demonstrates teamwork by responding positively to requests for assistance achieve optimal department results. (EF)

  3. Uses peer-to-peer accountability towards improvement of department score for turnover/retention/employee engagement. (EF)


  1. Performs technical laboratory research. (EF)

  2. Accurately follows technical instruction in setting up and conducting experiments, including biological assays, quantitative and qualitative analyses. (EF)

  3. Provides updates on assigned experiments and research outcomes. (EF)


  1. Maintains records of all tests performed and data collected. (EF)

  2. Ensures safe operation of appropriate laboratory equipment. (EF)

  3. Identifies opportunities for corrective action and process improvement providing recommendations; contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety. (EF)


  1. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Evaluates and reports on inventory levels. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks. (EF)

  2. Assists department management in product evaluations and utilization of existing products. (EF)


  1. Participation in the development or establishment of new laboratory procedures, including biological assays, quantitative and qualitative analysis. (EF)

  2. Trains in new techniques as they emerge as appropriate. (EF)

  3. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a researcher. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis. (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.



  • Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science

  • None


  • May be required depending on position, refer to addendum if necessary


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Works well in a team environment, as well as independently, with minimal supervision

  • Ability to prioritize frequently, quickly shift tasks, and adapt to a rapidly changing environment

  • Ability to communicate effectively and escalate utilizing problem solving and decision making skills


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 (ie. 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: _Lab Environment_

Company Profile:

A cornerstone of Houston Methodist's strategic vision as a source for leading care, Houston Methodist Academic Institute conducts ground breaking translational and clinical research to provide the best care to patients in our community and around the world. At Houston Methodist, fostering innovations with the potential for clinical application is at the very heart of what we do. Our interdisciplinary teams of clinicians and researchers are committed to streamlining the process of translating discoveries into treatments and cures for our patients.