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Houston Methodist Research Associate II - Radiology Research - Diego Martin in Houston, Texas

At Houston Methodist, the Research Associate II position is responsible for conducting advanced laboratory experiments on research projects with minimal supervision. This position provides advanced technical research skills and establishing test methods and procedures under the direction of Department Chairperson or Scientist (Faculty). The Research Associate II position evaluates results of (or response to) process; summarizes data; may provide oversight and guidance to other associates.

PEOPLE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Assists PI/faculty by monitoring team of Research Assistants and Post Docs 0-2 scientific activities. Provides communication of needs, issues to be addressed, and all important information necessary to ensure scientific success. Facilitates open, professional, communication to achieve mutual understanding. Role models excellent, clear, and professional communication skills to achieve mutual understanding and problem resolution. Contributes to a team-focused work environment that actively helps one another achieve scientific goals.

  • Promotes a positive work environment with the interprofessional care team to achieve optimal department results. Ensures collaboration among all members of the research team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent information as it relates to assigned system(s) in a comprehensive manner. Participates in teamwork by responding positively to requests for assistance.

  • Teaches peers and staff to critically think by verbally expressing rationale for decisions and follows up consistently. Uses peer-to-peer accountability towards improvement of department score for employee engagement.

SERVICE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • At PI/Faculty's direction, organizes the workflow, proactively problem solves, anticipates needs, and manages multiple ongoing priorities. Independently handles resolution of complex problems and issues and notifies PI/Faculty of issue and resolution. Serves as escalation support for less experienced staff.

  • Analyzes data for research grants and publications (medium to high complexity). Maintains accurate records of all research and data collection.

  • Completes/performs research and incorporates novel procedures and methods into research experiments as appropriate (medium complexity).

QUALITY/SAFETY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • At the direction of the PI/Faculty, writes and maintains regulatory and safety committee applications/protocols.

  • Provides advanced technical research skills and establishes test methods and procedures. Documents procedures and changes to procedure in PI/Faculty's Lab Study Methods manual and Laboratory Notebooks.

  • Establishes and maintains quality control of project operations including establishing appropriate controls and standards for experimental procedures.

FINANCE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Utilizes resources effectively and efficiently, demonstrating responsible financial stewardship. Manages own time effectively and prioritizes work to achieve maximum results in a timely manner.

  • Assists with ensuring orders for supplies are on appropriate grants.

GROWTH/INNOVATION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Participates in publication and grant writing at PI/Faculty direction.

  • Determines specific research project goals and objectives to be attained. Assumes responsibility and oversight for those goals and objectives at the PI/Faculty's direction.

  • Assists with developing skills of lab team (staff and students) in alignment with scientific objectives.

  • Participates in conferences and seminars. Proactively manages own professional development and completes My Development Plan.

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.

EDUCATION

  • Terminal Degree with Six years' post-doctoral experience or Master of Science degree with nine years' research experience

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Six years' post-doctoral experience with Terminal Degree or nine years' research experience with Master's degree

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - REQUIRED

  • N/A

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • 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

  • Exercises independent judgment related to situations of a sensitive, confidential, and scientific nature

  • Ability to initiate and complete tasks with minimal supervision

  • Ability to deal with high volumes and rigid deadlines

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

WORK ATTIRE

  • Uniform No

  • Scrubs Yes

  • Business professional Yes

  • Other (department approved) No

ON-CALL*

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.

  • On Call* No

TRAVEL

Travel specifications may vary by department

  • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area No

  • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area No

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Academic Institute oversees the Education Institute and Research Institute, including 772 faculty and 56,250 learners. The Academic Institute aligns our research and education initiatives in service to the clinical mission, providing solutions that answer the call for new technologies and skills our clinicians need for patient care.

Houston Methodist Education Institute coordinates our primary academic affiliation with Weill Cornell Medicine and other joint programs, including the Engineering Medicine Program at Texas A&M University Intercollegiate School of Engineering Medicine. The Education Institute also oversees continuing medical education and graduate medical education, and supports more than 1,000 trainees in residence for medical, nursing, allied health and research education programs.

Houston Methodist Research Institute supports research programs and infrastructure that enable faculty across the system to bring new scientific discoveries to patients as rapidly as possible through the full cycle of a cure from conceptual bench research, to prototyping and development, to clinical trials and FDA approval. The Research Institute supports more than 1,387 clinical research protocols and $70.3 million in extramurally funded translational research programs.

Houston Methodist is an equal opportunity employer inclusive of women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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