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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II - Mouse Handling 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 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Research Assistant II position provides technical assistance in carrying out various research projects.


Conducts research experiments and projects. Conducts experiments and research projects in scientific fields under the supervision of faculty, educational or classified research staff.

Operates laboratory apparatus and equipment. Utilizes laboratory equipment to carry out experiments.

Data gathering and analysis. Record and evaluates data in accordance with methods requested. Maintain and update records of cell lines, analytical and tissue samples generated in the laboratory, received from other laboratories.

In vitro laboratory research. Perform all required laboratory tasks and experiments that include cell biological experiments like maintenance of cell lines, performing cell proliferation, invasion, cell death & apoptosis assays; Biochemical and molecular experiments like DNA/RNA, metabolite & protein isolation, cloning, western blot analysis, qRT-PCR, immunoprecipitations, & flow cytometry; Immunochemical analysis of cells and tissues using confocal microscopy and bright-field microscopy.

Sample preparations for high throughput screens. Prepare of large number of samples with constant pipetting, up to 100 samples per day, and submit samples for performing high-throughput screens.

Learn and operate analytical instruments and software. Learn and work with routine analytical software, and generate graphs and figures of data. Lear and operate specialized experiments like Seahorse Extracellular Flux analysis, and multicolor flow cytometry.

Assigned laboratory duties Operate of laboratory apparatus and equipment. Prepare stock solutions and buffers as part of rotation duties of lab personnel. Maintain laboratory supplies and order necessary reagents for future experiments in a timely manner.

In vivo animal research. Perform in vivo experiments which include implantation of cell lines and patient-derived tumors in mice; Perform daily drug treatments, tumor measurements, tissue harvests and downstream processing of harvested samples for generating tissues, protein lysates, DNA/RNA

Other duties as assigned. As directed by supervisor, and within the specified time frame. Transport samples and perform experiments in off-site locations when needed.


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

Preferred: Mouse handling experience 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: 138241

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 36,000

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 44,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 54,000

  • Science Jobs: Yes