Research Associate I – Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics

Posted September 22nd 2022

Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy

Houston, TX

Closing date
November 18th 2022

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is hiring a full-time Research Assistant I with interests in bioethics, social science, health policy, public health, epidemiology, or related field to work on an NIH-funded study examining the social, clinical, and ethical implications of using polygenic risk scores in child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as other studies exploring ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomics. The research assistant will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Stacey Pereira, PhD; Eric A. Storch, PhD; and Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD (Harvard). This is an in-person non-laboratory research position.

In addition to supporting the Center’s robust research program, the research assistant will also have opportunities participate in professional and academic development sessions hosted by the Center. Such development opportunities include journal clubs, speaker series, career development information sessions, peer mentorship, and programming on grant writing, academic presentations, and goal planning. The Center promotes an intellectually stimulating and collaborative environment conducive to academic excellence.

The Center cultivates a culture of intentionality, respect, inclusivity, and collaboration. We offer intellectual, social, and professional development opportunities to promote a meaningful work experience. We are reflective and mindful of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at For more information about working as a research assistant with us, check out our blog,

Primary duties and responsibilities:
• Assist with project oversight
• Assist with interview and survey materials development and data collection
• Assist with quantitative data management
• Conduct interviews and qualitative data analysis (training available)
• Assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publication
• Assist in the preparation of presentations to share the project’s research in local, national, and international meetings
• Perform other duties based on project needs

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in a related field
• Two years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology, psychology, STS), health policy, public health, epidemiology, or related field
• Experience with research project management
• Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis preferred, but training is available
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills required; must be able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
• Strong interest in health policy, genetics and genomics, bioethics, and/or related issues

How to Apply
Those interested in this position should submit a CV and cover letter outlining interest in the role. Please apply at:
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Salary Range: Up to $51,683

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