Research Assistant I – Social Science and Bioethics

Posted November 29th 2021

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX,

Closing date
January 31st 2022


Tag(s): Texas

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to provide research support in ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomics. This position will work with Dr. Stacey Pereira, PhD on several current funded and pilot projects that investigate ethical and policy issues in precision medicine, genetics of epilepsy, polygenic risk scores, and genetics of cardiometabolic disorders.  This is a non-laboratory, non-clinical position.  In addition to supporting the Center’s robust research program, the Research Assistant will have access to funding for professional development and the opportunity to participate in professional and academic development sessions hosted by the Center including journal clubs, speaker series, career development information sessions, and staff development events, including in-services on grant writing, academic presentations, and goal planning. The Center promotes an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment conducive to academic excellence.  The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy strives to be reflective and mindful of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in both interactions with one another. The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy allows individual hybrid and alternative work arrangements for research staff. For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at   Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the principal investigator to support the day-to-day progress on various studies related to ELSI issues, including projects on genetics of cardiovascular and metabolic disease, genetics of epilepsy, and polygenic risk scores.
  • Manage survey programming and data management to ensure quality and identify and address issues as they arise.
  • Conduct surveys in English over the phone with patients about their experience with genetic testing.
  • Conduct qualitative interviews.
  • Assist with analysis of qualitative interviews.
  • Conduct literature searches and summarize information. 
  • Build reports based on findings for research team and collaborators.
  • Track project deliverables and ensure timely completion.
  • Help develop scholarly papers and presentations for dissemination of findings.
  • Assist principal investigator with submission of new grant applications.
  • Attend project meetings and maintain detailed summaries of meeting outcomes. 

  Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Bioethics, Public Health, Social Sciences or related field. 
  • Two years relevant experience.

  Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Bioethics, Public Health, Social Sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc.) or related field. 
  • Experience or training related to the ethical, social and legal implications of genomics. 
  • Experience using REDCap, Qualtrics, MAXQDA, or other survey administration and qualitative analysis software.
  • Experience leading or contributing to scholarly papers and presentations.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, efficient, and strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in accepting work assignments with the ability to effectively prioritize tasks, understand processes, and resolve issues.

  How to Apply Those interested in this position should submit a resume and cover letter indicating their desire to be considered. Please apply at:    Application Deadline: Open until filled  Salary Range:  Up to $51,683    About the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy Baylor College of Medicine is recognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health science centers and is known for excellence in education, research, healthcare and community service. Located in the heart of the world’s largest medical center, Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational, healthcare and research affiliates.   The Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy has 18 primary faculty members, 31 secondary faculty, 24 scholars, and over 40 fellows and staff, housed on the main Baylor campus in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.   Our Center’s faculty teach in the undergraduate and graduate medical education curricula, direct an award-winning ethics pathway and newly developed health policy pathway for advanced medical students, and have developed a comprehensive College-wide graduate medical education curriculum in ethics, professionalism, and health policy. Center faculty are actively engaged in funded research supported by the NIH, PCORI, and private foundations. Our faculty publish high-impact papers in the peer-reviewed scientific, clinical, and bioethics literature and have authored and edited several seminal books in bioethics. Finally, our faculty direct clinical ethics programs at affiliated hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, that conduct over 600 clinical ethics consultations per year.    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. Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.

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