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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II - Leukemia 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 2021-2022 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

MD Anderson Cancer Center is a global leader in the treatment of blood cancers. The Leukemia department ( is one of the most successful disease-specific cancer programs in the world, as well as one of the largest. As the largest medical academic department within the Cancer Medicine division, we have 29 clinical faculty and 20 research faculty.


Instrument Operation and Maintenance

• Familiar with principles of Imaging (Confocal, Fluorescent, Multispectral). Must understand optics and spectral properties of laser excitation, principles of fluorescent dye conjugation, and in consultation with supervisor be able to design optimal laser/dye combinations and the choice of excitation and emission filters.

• Independently operate the microscopes. Experiment setup, instrument QC, laser alignment, routine maintenance, etc. Assist research personnel in use of instrumentation.

• Interact with institutional researchers to understand and assist with the execution of experimental goals. Excellent experimental trouble-shooting skills; and thorough knowledge of cell preparation, cytology, and histotechnology methodology.

• Operates, calibrates, maintains and troubleshoots various microscopes (Confocal, Fluorescent, Multispectral).

• Assists with experimental/protocol design.

• Incorporate a quality control program into the daily functions of the Facility. Review results and make recommendations for improvements when appropriate.

• Writes Standard Operating Procedures for all procedures being performed in the facility.

• Maintain daily work schedule to insure that all work is completed in a timely manner.

Data Analysis Interaction

• Handles scheduling and all aspects of client interaction, supporting iLabs usage.

• Uses knowledge of various analysis software to assist client with data analysis and interpretation (Visiopharm, Imaris, InForm, Slidebook, and/or academic or other commercial packages)

• Work with human and animal cells, human and animal blood, blood products and tissues.

Lab Development Assistance

• Assists with experimental/protocol design.

• Supports daily function of the facility, including data and records management, inventory, ordering and logging of supplies and reagents, quality assurance, billing, training, safety and continuing education programs.

• Maintains the quality control program and incorporates it into the daily functions of the Facility. Review results, report and troubleshoot as necessary. Writes Standard Operating Procedures as needed in the facility. Attends laboratory and department meetings and in-services as required.

Other duties as assigned


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

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


Required: One year experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.

Preferred: Previous research laboratory experience to include experience with tissue culture and strong computer skills -OR- experience with imaging, -OR- Mass Spec. Matlab, python, R coding is a plus.

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: 161335

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Work Week: Days

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 42,000

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 52,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 63,000

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Work Location: Onsite

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Referral Bonus Available?: No

  • Relocation Assistance Available?: Yes

  • Science Jobs: Yes