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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Asst II in Houston, Texas


CNS Tumor AnaLYsis STream (CATALYST), is a cross-functional, holistic biospecimen analysis pipeline, which provides a streamlined workflow and comprehensive analysis of tumor specimens, as well as CSF, blood, and stool (microbiome) from all patients undergoing surgical resection. This position requires an individual with exceptional communication, multi-tasking, and organizational skills.

The individual will serve as the main processor of samples for storage purposes, including blood and tissue. They will also serve as backup help for tissue runners to research laboratories, etc.


Blood and Tissue Processing:

  • Process blood to be deemed for storage

  • Serve as backup for tissue cutting and distribution to laboratories

  • Request courier service for blood/tissue shipment

Blood and Tissue Collection Log:

  • Enter blood collections into BIMS to generate TID, and associate the assigned collection request number with this new entry

  • Add the patient and collection data to the 'TID and PID Log' in the CATALYST Master Patient log (patient name, MRN, specimen number, TID, PID, and collection request number)

  • Update the CATALYST Master Patient log with the blood collection information, including which labs received blood for that particular collection

  • Scan the blood collection request forms into Box, and store the forms in the "CATALYST - Scanned Coll. Req Forms (BLOOD & CSF ONLY)" binder

  • After processing blood, update the 'TID and PID Log' in the CATALYST Master Patient log with the number of vials stored

  • When the log is up to date for a particular collection, update the collection in BIMS to reflect how many vials are stored and which tubes were used for analysis

  • Ensure tissue runners have adequately filled out Master Patient List by Thursday afternoon in preparation for Friday weekly meeting, and populate this information into summary table to show at weekly Friday CATALYST meeting

Tissue and Blood Running Functions:

  • Appropriately deliver blood and tissue specimens to laboratories where appropriate

Materials Compliance:

  • Assist CATALYST Program Coordinator to prepare blood and CSF vial packets ahead of time to supply the OR holding area for CATALYST patients

Other duties as assigned

Required Education:

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

Preferred Education:

Master's degree.

Required Experience:

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

Preferred Skills/Experience:

Wet lab experience, pipetting experience, and cell culture experience.

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, orany other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 143545

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Pivotal Position: No

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

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

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

  • Science Jobs: No