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MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Cell Engineer Specialist II - Stem Cell Transplantation Research in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Clinical Cell Engineer Specialist position is to independently perform complex, highly specialized and time sensitive testing of clinical products that are irreplaceable, life-saving cellular products used for treatment of cancer patients undergoing Cellular Therapy treatment.

Key Functions

  1. Cellular Product Testing

  2. Perform cell testing procedures following standard policies and procedures which include but not limited to cell counting and staining of cells for flow cytometry.


  1. Complete responsibility and awareness is required while performing procedures which may take from few hours to occasionally over 12 hours per day before completion. Certain procedures may require several days of processing over an extended period of time such as 2-6 weeks.


  1. Perform procedures and maintain accurate documentation in compliance with FDA's Good Laboratory Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, Good Tissue practice regulations as well as standards set by other accreditation agencies including but not limited to FACT, FACT/Netcord, CAP, CLIA. Document deviations and events, notify supervisor, technical and quality management personnel in a timely manner and assist in investigation of cause and any required corrective actions.


  1. Maintain aseptic technique during handling of products to ensure the integrity, viability and sterility of cellular products until final infusion to the patient. Must adhere to special cleaning and gowning requirements for the facility and may be required to work in clean room environment requiring specialized gowning such as masks/goggles, sterile jumpsuits, hair and shoe covers.


  1. Perform error free calculations, including, but not limited to viabilities, cell counts, dilutions and cell concentrations.


  1. Analysis of cell samples by flow cytometry - staining and acquisition of samples, drafting reports.


  1. Knowledge of various cell sources such as bone marrow, stem cells and cord blood is essential for understanding the rationale behind methods.


  1. Adjust to a flexible work schedule as laboratory processing is dependent on patient/donor conditions, product/sample availability, age of collected cells as well as procedural modifications required to adapt to variable nature of incoming cellular products/samples. Cell products are received from facilities around the world and therefore working late nights, weekends and holidays with very short advance notice may be required occasionally.


  1. Adaptability and flexibility to procedural and schedule changes to ensure timely preparation of products with highest possible quality.

  2. Assay Validation

  3. The candidate will be responsible for validating new assays and procedures for technologies transferred over from research laboratories including (but not limited to) ELISA, QPCR, Incucyte, cytotoxicity assay.


  1. Must adhere to all defined processing and documentation requirements for the assigned clinical trial.


  1. Utilize various computer systems and databases to enter, retrieve and compile data, prepare reports for review by the supervisor and quality assurance.

  2. Transfer Technology and Quality control

  3. Perform quality control testing, equipment routine maintenance, basic and advanced troubleshooting.

  4. Participate in process and quality improvement projects.


  1. Assist in transfer of novel technologies from other laboratories, validation of procedures and equipment and drafting Standard Operating procedures.


  1. Communicate efficiently with fellow team members to ensure timely and quality patient care.

  2. Perform additional related duties as assigned.


Required: Bachelor's degree in a relevant scientific field.


Required: Three years of experience in clinical cell processing.

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.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 145458

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

  • Work Week: Day/Evening, Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Remote Work: Onsite

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 64,500

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 80,750

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 97,000

  • Science Jobs: No