MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Investigator - Cancer Systems Imaging in Houston, Texas

The Cancer Systems Imaging department (CSI) resides within the Diagnostic Imaging division. CSI focuses on molecular imaging, functional genomics and high throughput technologies with a focus on mechanism-based fundamental, preclinical and clinical-translation studies of cancer. The department is engaged in basic and discovery-based science and is structured to enable rapid translation of breakthroughs in research through to patient care. The department's mission includes creating new opportunities in imaging for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center community by functionalizing genomic and cancer pathways, promoting bench to bedside imaging research, and strengthening programs already in place. The department reflects the truly multidisciplinary nature of research that is being developed.


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.


The primary purpose of the Research Investigator is to assist the PI with scientific research projects. The Research Investigator functions in a separate and independent manner in the design and initiation of research experiments. Designs, develops or adapts equipment used in experiments or research to obtain desired results. Determines specific goals or objectives to be obtained, evaluates research data and develops and revises techniques or approaches to work problems. Supervises the use of laboratory equipment and implements safety procedures. Compiles, writes and submits project results to superiors.


Laboratory Experimentation

The position is focused on understanding the biology and in vivo imaging of delivered lymphocytes. Experiments will be performed with in vivo imaging of delivered genes for clinical translation, in vivo imaging of delivered cells, drug delivery and response, imagable models of cancer and nanoparticles.

Molecular Biology

Experiments in molecular biology, particularly with viral delivery vectors such as lentivirus and retrovirus, and in immune-cell biology will be performed. Expertise in lymphocyte biology, particularly for T-cell therapy is needed. Additional work will be focused on characterizing and manipulating biological systems focused on cellular therapy.

Instrumentation Management and Troubleshooting

Assemble and operate laboratory apparatus and equipment. Monitor equipment maintenance and coordinate repair of malfunctioning units in the laboratory. Assist with smooth functioning and up-keep of the laboratory. Cooperation with the SAIF and other cores while executing experiments.

Data Management

Record and analyze research data. Assist the PI with compiling, writing and submitting experimental results for patent, publication and grant writing purposes. Assist in manuscript preparation.

Other Duties as Assigned


Education: Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree

Experience: Five years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, three years of required experience.

Preferred Experience: Seven years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. T-cell culture/immunology is highly desired.

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.