MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Asst II - Molecular & Cellular Oncology in Houston, Texas

Research Asst II - Molecular & Cellular Oncology

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

Research at

Molecular & Cellular Oncology 127800

Requisition #: 112512

Dr. Honami Naora's laboratory investigates how the deregulation of developmental signaling pathways contributes to growth and progression of tumors using mouse models.

The primary responsibility of the Research Assistant II is to breed, maintain, and genotype strains of genetically modified mice, for studies that investigate how cancer cells interact with host cells, as well as studies which evaluate new therapies.

The salary range is min $ 29,200 mid $ 36,500 max$ 43,800.

The ideal candidate will have a self-initiating attitude, eager to learn new techniques and processes. Being able to take ownership of new knowledge gained through training, and applying it as appropriate, is a critical skill and behavior any serious candidate will need to possess and be able to demonstrate.

1. Maintain mouse colonies:

* Must be proficient in breeding and maintaining strains of genetically modified mice, genotyping and maintaining detailed records of breeding history; Responsible for ordering laboratory animals and maintaining up-to-date animal inventory; Required to know how to perform subcutaneous, intraperitoneal and intravenous injection techniques and to collect tissue and blood samples from mice; Responsible for preparation and submission of ACUF animal protocols for projects in the laboratory.

2. Basic Techniques in Molecular Biology:

* Prepare DNA, RNA, and protein samples from cells or tissues; Conduct PCR, DNA cloning, plasmid transfection, western blot, and other molecular biology-related experiments

3. Tissue Culture Maintenance:

* Required to have excellent tissue culture techniques and be able to maintain, transfect and store cell lines under sterile and healthy conditions

4. Record Keeping & Laboratory Maintenance:

* Responsible for ordering laboratory supplies and preparing common reagents such as buffers and plasmids; Responsible for maintaining inventory of cell lines, tissue samples, plasmids and chemicals; Ensures that all laboratory equipment is maintained and operational, and schedules repairs when needed; Prepares the laboratory for isotope and safety inspections and ensures that the laboratory is in compliance with safety guidelines; Participate and help other lab members to promote ongoing projects in the laboratory; Keep accurate records of experimental design and results and communicate these records to PI and other members of the laboratory; Train other research staff and students in research procedures and the use of laboratory equipment; Diligence and willingness to learn and to help others in the implementation of new techniques


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


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

Preferred: Mouse experience.

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.