MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant I, Experimental Radiation Oncology in Houston, Texas

The Research Assistant I in the department of Experimental Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center provides responsible technical assistance in carrying out various research projects and assistance in maintaining efficient functioning of the laboratory. The Research Assistant I position requires a scientific and technical background, independent decision making, judgment and organizational skills.

Salary Range

Minimum: $30,400 Midpoint: $38,000 Maximum: $45,600

Key Functions

  • Collecting, processing, storing, and recording human tissue biomarkers including but not limited to blood, tumor tissue, and urine.

  • Interaction with clinical study and other clinic staff to coordinate biomarker pickup and storage.

  • Conducts experiments and carries out research projects in varied areas of chemistry, biology, physics and other biomedical, dental or related scientific fields.

  • Constructs, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment.

  • Records and evaluates data in accordance with methods requested.

  • Maintains accurate and timely records to include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project.

  • Monitor laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects. Ensures quality of reagents or other supplies.

  • Maintain an excellent working knowledge of all basic laboratory equipment and apparatus.

  • Read scientific literature to keep current with new research techniques and confers with supervisor regarding new procedures.

  • Help in maintenance of general Lab equipment and prepare common laboratory stock chemicals

  • Update lab inventories and order lab supplies.


Required: Bachelor's degree with major course work one of the following basic sciences.

Preferred: Bachelor's in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology or Animal Science


Required: No experience is required.

Preferred: Experience with Data processing tools including Excel. Experience with laboratory animals. Must be willing to work with mice and rats.

Bachelor's degree, major course work in one of the basic sciences. No 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.