MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II - Clinical Cancer Prevention Research in Houston, Texas

Research Assistant II - Clinical Cancer Prevention Research

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

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Requisition #: 113244

The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II position is to provide technical assistance in carrying out various research projects. These projects require complex sample preparation of a variety of human samples such as plasma, serum, and cells, using a variety of technological platforms. Our research projects are focused on metabolic pathways of cancer cells and biomarkers for early detection of cancers.

Research Design, Planning, Coordination & Evaluation:

Executes assays for cancer research projects including but not limited to cell culture and transfection, Western blotting, RT-PCR analysis, and flow cytometry.

Assists faculty and other research scientists in developing and validating standard operating protocols (SOPs).

Tests plasma, cell lines, and tumor samples following validated SOPs.

Maintains clear record of all experimental work performed in laboratory notebooks and completes all documentation with clear and accurate language, according to the SOP’s in place.

Compiles, reviews, writes reports, and presents in working group meetings.

Prepares stock solutions and buffers orders necessary reagents, laboratory supplies for future experiments in a timely manner.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Communication and Team Work:

Asks critical and insightful questions to drive decision making and persuasively conveying solutions to a broad range of team members.

Communicates with faculty, laboratory scientists, clinical researchers, and field experts extensively and understands their needs and contributes to the study designs of ongoing projects.

Works closely in a multidisciplinary team with scientists, clinicians, and biostatisticians to execute the assays as required for research projects.



Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.


Master's degree in immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, bioengineering, biomedical sciences, or related scientific discipline



Two years experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.


Two years of experience in academic or other laboratory. Experience with cell culture.

Two years of experience with human biological samples (plasma) is preferred. Experience working with animal models is ideal.

Working Conditions

Must be able to work evenings, weekends, as needed.

Requires the ability to adapt to changing conditions in situations and priorities that may be characterized by high stress levels, such as project deadlines.

Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, budget and prioritize time and workload, address spontaneous issues and problems, resolve conflicts, and make decisions.

The position also requires one to anticipate needs, to recognize situations requiring assistance and have the ability to refer or perform any necessary tasks, and to comprehend the goals of the program and take the initiative in making decisions and taking actions to further these goals.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.