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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II - Lymphoma - Myeloma in Houston, Texas

Research Assistant II


The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


Laboratory Skills The Research Assistant II is responsible for the daily organization and associated duties of working with and maintaining tumor sample analyses, management of patient derived xenograft models and the handling of human and animal tissue samples. Interaction with the lymphoma tissue bank to obtain patient blood samples and/or tumor samples maybe necessary. The work also involves handling of animals and animal protocols. The individual must maintain accurate and detailed laboratory records, including tracking of animal colonies. Alertness and careful attention to details must be maintained at all times. Coordinates and conducts experiments and carries out research projects in varied areas of chemistry, biology, physics and other biomedical, dental or related basic science areas. Constructs, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment. Reads literature and confers with superiors regarding new procedures and modifies them according to the needs of the project. Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Perform laboratory work in molecular and cellular biology including but not limited to DNA preparation, RNA extraction, PCR, flow cytometry, tissue processing, proliferation and cytotoxicity assays, tissue culture (animal and human), and magnetic cell separation. Requires manual dexterity to handle pipetting tasks, visual activity to see and manipulate very small quantities. Must work independently to see that samples are obtained and processed in a timely and consistent fashion. This requires both an understanding of the methodology and the ability to independently troubleshoot problems and to ask for help when appropriate. Work will involve handling materials under BL-2 safety conditions.

Reporting Must be able to fully understand the research projects, and to comprehend scientific literature relevant to ongoing research; should be able to introduce new methods to the laboratory when available. The candidate would be required to speak in front of small group of scientists. Maintains thorough, accurate, legible, and organized handwritten and electronic records of all experiments. Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills. Works effectively with all employees.

Other duties as assigned

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

Experience Required - One year 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

  • Requisition ID: 165975

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Work Week: Days, Varied

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 43,500

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 54,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 65,500

  • 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