Research Associate – Lead, Program Management – Baylor University

Job Description


The Lead, Program Management position functions as an Enrollment Management specialist for graduate school applicants and is responsible for coordinating and participating in the full scope of admissions funnel activities including but not limited to (i) development of marketing plans and recruitment strategies, (ii) administrative oversight of admissions review, (iii) enrollment monitoring, and (iv) onboarding and orientation activities. This position reports to the Graduate School Associate Dean and works closely with the Chair of the GSBS Admissions Committee.

This position may be eligible to work a hybrid work arrangement within the Greater Houston, TX area after an onboarding and training period.

Job Duties

• Develop and direct marketing strategies and programs to enhance recruitment for all programs within the graduate school using email, website, social media and other creative approaches. Manage budget for marketing efforts.

• Lead the development of general and program-specific literature for recruiting top-level graduate students in collaboration with graduate programs, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), and the Office of Communications.

• Develop successful student outreach programs at individual universities to recruit high quality graduate school applicants to BCM. Formulate new strategies to expand relationships with undergraduate institutions with the goal of increasing applications from students interested in biomedical research training.

• Represent the GSBS both in person and virtually to inform students, faculty, counselors, and other individuals or organizations involved in the graduate school/program selection process about the strengths of BCM’s research programs and biomedical research training.

• Plan and direct the GSBS and graduate program team of GSBS program administrators and faculty for off-campus recruitment events (e.g. at annual national student research conferences and at virtual recruitment fairs). This includes personal travel in the fall (approx. 75%) and spring (approx. 25%) within Texas and nationally.

• Manage budget for recruitment travel and activities.

• Manage strategic communications with student applicants and counselors at undergraduate institutions.

• Correspond with prospective students to assist them at various stages of the admissions funnel. Answer questions from prospective students about academic program selection.

• Assist in coordinating admissions activities with the functions, policies, and procedures of other GSBS administrative offices, academic/graduate programs, Office of Communications, and Admission committees (GSBS and program-specific). Lead communication to and cross-training of graduate program administrators in area of admissions.

• Update and maintain GSBS web pages pertaining to admissions and academic affairs, as assigned. Develop strategies to improve search engine optimization of webpages.

• Oversee the administrative aspects of the admissions process from inquiry to enrollment of new students, including onboarding of new graduate students.

• Plan and lead orientation activities for incoming students, working closely with various offices on campus, and ensuring compliance to BCM and accreditation requirements.

• Manage IT system for collection and review of electronic applications. Work closely with the IT department to troubleshoot issues within the admissions system as well as enhance/develop new processes.

• Implement admissions policies and procedures, and work closely with the faculty GSBS Admissions Committee, including developing agendas and reporting to the chair. Manage the workflow of program submissions to the GSBS Admissions Committee and ensures offers of admissions are appropriate to achieve desired class size.

• Manage data for recruitment and admissions programs and prepare statistical and other written reports as required. Analyze data to develop future recruitment and marketing strategy for all GSBS programs. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Six years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in student affairs, communication or educational leadership or relevant field.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of six years of and track record of successful full-time work in graduate level admissions at a college/university.
  • Knowledge of computerized student information system strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent the College positively and effectively with prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.
  • Understanding of local and national trends within graduate enrollment management.
  • Involvement in NAGAP and BioGAP (and/or other relevant professional organizations).
  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with computer-based systems and software.
  • Evidence of commitment to professional growth and development in college admissions.

Research Associate – Molecular Cloning – Baylor University

Job Description


The St-Pierre Lab develops fluorescent biosensors and light-gated channels to image and control neural activity, respectively. For example, see our publication in Cell for an exciting new voltage indicator for recording electrical dynamics in awake behaving mice ( We also develop optogenetic silencers, synthetic circuits to control protein expression, and new high-throughput methods to map phenotypes to genotypes. We are looking for a motivated, organized, and resourceful scientist with experience in molecular cloning to accelerate our efforts to build and disseminate these tools of broad utility. The Research Associate should be detail oriented and have strong organizational skills.  We will consider candidates with extensive molecular cloning experience, ideally with cell culture experience also.

Job Duties

  • Plans, directs and conducts research experiments.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • Develops research techniques and performs applications required for specific research projects.
  • May conduct literature searches and summarize information in an appropriate format for a particular study.
  • Documents results of experiments and reports to principal investigators.
  • May supervise, schedule and coordinate the activities of less experienced research staff.
  • Uses molecular biology techniques to assemble new gene expression vectors and construct large mutagenesis libraries.
  • Transfects libraries in mammalian cells.
  • Evaluates the expression and function of new constructs by microscopy, cytometry (FACS), or both.
  • Helps maintain the lab by participating in lab responsibilities.
  • Manages our Recombinant DNA Protocols.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Basic Science or a related field.  Experience in lieu of degree will not be accepted.
  • Three years of relevant experience typically as a Research Assistant, Research Technician or Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate.

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.


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. – Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. – Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. – Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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