MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II - Breast Surgery 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 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II is to provide responsible technical assistance in carrying out various research projects. The scope of the position is to carry out laboratory research projects by applying technical expertise and experience to plan, coordinate, design, and carry out research projects in accordance with general and/or specific plans of the research.

Position will require some weekend flexibility, dependent upon treatment period. Position will also serve as emergency contact for the lab.


Conduct experiments in the area of molecular biology and cellular biology of cancer after discussing the goals of each project and receiving verbal and/or written instruction from the supervisor on how to conduct the experiments prior to proceeding. Detailed record keeping of experiments and samples is required to assure reproducibility of data. Perform animal studies to investigate the effect of drug targeting on tumor formation, will require handling mice, breeding mice, injecting drugs, maintaining mice, dissections, and performing molecular and histological analyses on the tissues excised from mice. Maintain stock breast cancer cell lines by growing, expanding, and freezing cells using sterile technique. Isolate DNA, RNA and proteins and quantify using standard molecular methods. Discuss results of experiments immediately after completion to ensure accuracy and comparability with previous results of similar experiments. Maintain lab functions which includes keeping ample stock of supplies, ordering supplies, following up on orders to ensure organization and accessibility of all reagents.


Minimum: $34,400 – Midpoint: $43,000 – Maximum: $51,600


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

Preferred: Master's degree with major course work in one of the basic sciences.


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

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

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 34,400

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 43,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 51,600