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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Laboratory Coordinator - Neuro Imaging Research in Houston, Texas


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.


Shift/Hours: Monday - Friday / 8am - 5pm based on business needs and flexibility to come onsite when needed.

The primary purpose of the Coordinator, Research Laboratory position is to manage the workflow and logistical facets of the common facilities located within the division of Pediatrics under the direction of department/division leadership. This position will also manage the newly opened divisional histology core facility and serve as the assistant building manager.


Caring Behaviors

  • Courtesy: Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times.

  • Friendliness/Teamwork: Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers.

Integrity Behaviors

  • Reliability: Communicates frequently, honestly and openly.

  • Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values.

  • Safety: Models safe behavior (wears badge and personal protective equipment, washes hands, and keeps work area clean and orderly); Notices a safety concern or emergency, understands role and uses proper procedures to report it; Mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices; Demonstrates ethical and personal responsibility in work and behavior

Discovery Behaviors

  • Responsiveness: By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust; Encourages learning, creativity and new ideas.

  • Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative: Helps others to identify and solve problems; Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so.


Equipment Management and Maintenance

-Maintain common equipment and supervise the use of capital equipment.

-Equipment monitoring to verify correct temperatures of freezers, refrigerators, incubators, etc.

-Interface with vendors to organize maintenance and repairs and liase between academic users and vendors.

-Interface with vendors to obtain quotes and service agreements as needed.

-Uses laboratory knowledge and expertise to identify and resolve operational issues and interacts with all levels of internal and external resources to resolve problems.

-Serve as administrator of common equipment calendars

-Organizes and manages training for new personnel in the usage and maintenance of departmental common and capital equipment.

PDX Core and Biospecimen Acquisition

-Consult established PDX core labs for information and advice

-Obtain protocols that define workflow and establish NCI-level lab standards and data management

-Organize workflow and delegate and supervise specific tasks to technical personnel

-Implement and maintain lab standards, equipment and data management systems

-Establish and maintain quality control/quality assurance steps at every possible level of work flow

-Work with researchers to troubleshoot and optimize protocols and data analysis

-Prepare reports and presentations as needed

-Organize and host monthly or quarterly PDX interest group meetings

-Attend workshops, continuing education seminars and conferences as needed

-Attend regular team meetings to understand scope and goals of project and identify specific action items and future needs

-Consult established tissue repositories for information and advice

-Establish NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources

Histology Core

-Manages daily operation of divisional histology core facility.

-Ensures personnel are trained on latest histology techniques.

-Ensures SOPs are maintained and updated as needed.

-Manages order schedule and workflow.

-Ensures facility is stocked with all needed common supplies and that all equipment is running properly and receives PMs as needed.

Other duties as assigned


Oral Communication - Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations; create an environment with open channels of communication.

Provide Direction - Provide clear direction and priorities toward a common vision; clarify roles and responsibilities for employees; promote empowerment.

Technical/Functional Expertise - Demonstrate technical proficiency required to do the job; possess up-to-date knowledge in the profession; provide technical expertise to others.

Written Communication - Convey information clearly and concisely through both formal and informal documents; adapt writing style to fit the audience.

Service Orientation

Provide service to our stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient and innovative manner to include:

  • Promoting inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and professionalism to our stakeholders at all times

  • Modeling safe, ethical behavior that mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson's Standards of Conduct, institutional policies and procedures

  • Responding to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to stakeholders

  • Using the steps to HEAL (Hear, Empathize, Address and Learn) the relationship when service recovery is needed


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

Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree

Certification: None

Preferred Certification: None

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

Preferred Experience: With preferred degree, three years of required experience in a lead/supervisory capacity.

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: 153524

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Work Week: Days

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 55,000

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 68,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 82,000

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Work Location: Hybrid Onsite/Remote

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Science Jobs: No