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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant I - Zebrafish husbandry in Houston, Texas

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant-I position is to conduct experiments in genomics/epigenomics research involving human patient samples and genetically engineered animal models as well as lab management. This job will provide an opportunity for career growth with the expectation of transitioning into a key member of the lab responsible for technical operations in the lab.

Key Functions

  • Coordinates and conducts molecular biology experiments exercising considerable imagination, initiative and inventiveness in the details of experiments and interpreting the results.

  • Responsible for major participation in the development and optimization of techniques.

  • Responsible for partial lab management duties.

  • Helps with mouse genotyping.

  • Responsible for zebrafish colony management.

  • Compiles, writes, and submits reports to superior as directed and assigned.

  • Supervises and instructs students, technicians and other staff members in their work and assists them as assigned or delegated.

  • Assists the principal investigator and senior research staff with scientific business on a daily basis to include: write and edit manuscripts, abstracts, protocols (animal and laboratory), and grants; compile, write, and submit reports to the principal investigator; prepare and present data for publication or scientific meetings; and, obtain and distribute pertinent research materials/data.

  • Contributes to project team.

  • Maintain research records and laboratory notes.

  • Ability to collect, analyze, interpret and present data at laboratory, departmental meetings, and at other institutional collaborator meetings, including those involving donors.

  • Interacts closely with other research staff across institutional functional teams.

  • Employ safe laboratory practices.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Core Competencies

  • IC - Coach & Develop:

  • Assess strengths and development needs of employees;

  • Provide challenging development opportunities; and

  • Provide relevant, timely feedback; mentor others.

  • IC - Build Relationships:

  • Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and

  • Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.

  • IC - Provide Direction:

  • Provide clear direction and priorities toward a common vision;

  • Clarify roles and responsibilities for employees; and

  • Promote empowerment.

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Some experience in scientific or experimental research work. Must be highly motivated, reliable, responsible, well organized and a careful record keeper with good attention to details.

  • Excellent communication skills are required as well as the ability to work well in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment.

Working Conditions

This position requires :

Yes

No

Working in Office Environment

X

Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic)

X

Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues

X

Exposure to harmful chemicals

X

Exposure to radiation

X

Physical Demands

Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:

Time Spent

Never

0%

Occasionally

1-33%

Frequently

34-66%

Continuously

67-100%

Standing

X

Walking

X

Sitting

X

Reaching

X

Lifting/Carrying

Up to 10 lbs.

X

10lbs to 50 lbs.

X

More than 50 lbs.

X

Pushing/Pulling

Up to 10 lbs.

X

10lbs to 50 lbs.

X

More than 50 lbs.

X

Use computer/keyboard

X

EDUCATION:

Required: Bachelor's degree, major course work in one of the basic sciences.

EXPERIENCE:

Required: No experience.

Preferred: Zebrafish husbandry 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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 149067

  • 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: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Work Location: Onsite

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 31,200

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 39,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 46,800

  • Science Jobs: Yes

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