Research Associate

    • Job Tracking ID: 512788-693201
    • Job Location: Houston, TX
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 12, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

HFSC is now seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate. This position is grant-funded for a 12 month timeframe only.



Reporting to the Director of the Research and Development section, this research associate works both independently and in conjunction with other team members to evaluate and characterize the effects of adulterants on drugs that have been seized and submitted as evidence via the use of mass spectrometry. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Responsible for utilizing (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) GC-MS to analyze controlled substance
  • Responsible for the collection, analysis and interpretation of research data
  • Responsible for maintaining detailed documentation of experimental work
  • Responsible for authoring technical reports of research findings and publish research

Experience and Skills:


A Master's Degree. in Chemistry, preferably in Analytical Chemistry is required.  A PH.D in Chemistry or Biochemistry, is strongly preferred.


2-3 years of experience using GC-MS is required; Education may be considered in lieu of experience. Previous experience in a forensic lab environment is strongly preferred. Previous research experience is a plus. Proven experience in analysis of statistical data is preferred.



  • Proven analytical instrumentation skills including operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting are required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, SharePoint).
  • Working knowledge of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and Access database is a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of research
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a challenging and dynamic work environment
  • Demonstrated skills in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing work assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to work with frequent interruptions and changing priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills



HFSC offers a competitive salary and benefits package that is commensurate with experience.  This position is grant funded.