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

Research Assistant II opportunity in Pediatrics Research

MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital brings hope to families, offering the most advanced childhood cancer treatments in a kid-friendly environment. Since the first patient walked through its doors in 1944, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has treated thousands of children in its quest to make cancer history. The Division of Pediatrics, also known as MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, has grown tremendously servicing more than 2,500 patients annually from around the world.

As a result of its excellent patient care and advanced treatments, MD Anderson Children's Hospital ranks nationally in the top 15 for pediatric cancer care according to U.S. News and World Report's annual survey. Faculty and staff have adopted a family-centered care philosophy and work hand-in-hand with parents and patients to ensure the best care.

Ideal candidate must have a Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences and two years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. Prefer recent experience working with experimental/research mice.

SUMMARY

The primary purpose of this position is to conduct experiment in varied areas of microbiology, immunology, and other bio medically related scientific fields, particularly regarding the propagation, phenotypic, genotypic, and functional assessment of T cells.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

Research

Manually conduct experiments and carry out research projects in varied areas of microbiology, immunology, and other biomedically related scientific fields, particularly regarding the propagation and phenotypic, genotypic, and functional assessment of immune cells. Perform isolation of lymphocytes, cell culture and cryopreservation utilizing sterile techniques, molecular biology techniques and assist personnel in laboratory with handling of experimental animals as necessary.

Record Keeping and Data Collection

Maintain accurate, detailed records and experimental data and protocols. Prepare graphs, slides, and tables via photography, computer, or manually. Communicate results to and understand instructions from principal investigator and colleagues. Fluent spoken English is essential. Discusses goals of each project with supervisor. Develop a step-by-step written procedure outlining the specific actions required to conduct the experiment before proceeding. Read literature and confer with supervisor regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the project.

Laboratory Safety/Lab Equipment Maintenance

Demonstrate and practice lab safety precautions. Receive verbal and/or written instructions from principal investigator on standards and specialized lab safety procedures. Attend annual safety courses required by MDA and other agencies. Handle, store, and dispose of radioactive isotopes, chemically hazardous materials, and bio hazardous materials in procedure specified to meet MDA safety guidelines. Follow manufacturer's guidelines regarding the handling and maintenance of all lab equipment. Have working knowledge of equipment operation manuals and procedure manuals whenever necessary. Order reagents and materials when needed. Monitor work flow as it pertains to the need for supplies, equipment maintenance, and preparing stock solutions.

REQUIREMENTS

Education

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

Experience

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

Preferred: Experience with experimental/research mice.

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

  • Employee Status: Regular

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

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

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