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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Investigator - Experimental Therapeutics in Houston, Texas

Research Investigator - Experimental Therapeutics

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 2021-2022 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.


The mission of The University of Texas MD 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.

SUMMARY The primary Purpose of the Research Investigator position is to provide supervision, special training to technical personnel, and/or highly technical work in medical and related research projects, as well as to apply technical expertise to coordinate, design, and carry out research projects while following standard operating procedures for the laboratory.


Laboratory Operations & Equipment

Ensures that daily operations are maintained in adherence with policies, to include: order placement, equipment maintenance, safety, and training other research personnel. Helps laboratory manager teach techniques to graduate students, surgical fellows, and other research personnel.

Research Projects & Data

Plans, organizes, directs, and participates in research experiments. Manually and promptly records research data. Analyzes data, prepares graphs, charts, and/or tables for publications. Knowledge of word processing programs and spreadsheets. Discusses results from each assay to ensure accuracy and comparability with previous results of similar assays and reconciles discrepancies as soon as possible. Reads and discusses selected literature with supervisor and other laboratory personnel. Participates in lab presentations.

Procedure Adherence and Implementation

Maintains lab stock cancer cell lines for cell culture and mouse xenograft studies, to include: growing, expanding, and freezing utilizing sterile techniques. Ability to carry out and learn new in vitro and in vivo assays in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology. Some procedures will require the use of hazardous substrates. Must maintain appropriate environmental surveys for radioactivity and other hazardous materials. Must maintain records of hazardous chemicals and reagents as required. Handles patient tissues, with familiarity of safety procedures. Other duties as assigned.

Other duties as assigned


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

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

Experience Required: Five years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, three years of required 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, 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: 165477

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Work Week: Day/Evening, Days, Evenings

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 57,500

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 72,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 86,500

  • 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