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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Scientist in Houston, Texas

Position Title: Research Scientist


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 Scientist position is to apply technical expertise and experience to coordinate, design, and carry out cancer research projects while following lab standard operating procedures.


Caring: By our words and actions we demonstrate caring toward everyone.

  • We are sensitive to the concerns of our patients, their loved ones, and our colleagues.

  • We are respectful and courteous to each other and practice cultural humility.

  • We promote and reward teamwork and inclusion.

Integrity: We work together with professionalism to merit the trust of our colleagues and those we serve in all that we do.

  • We hold ourselves, and each other, accountable for our work - decisions, and data - and for practicing our values and ethics.

  • We advocate for diversity and equity for our workforce, for those we serve, and for our community.

  • We communicate frequently, honestly, openly, and responsibly.

Discovery: We embrace creativity and seek new knowledge from diverse perspectives.

  • We encourage continuous learning, seeking out information and new ideas.

  • We team with each other to identify and resolve problems.

  • We seek personal growth and enable others to do so.

Safety: We provide a safe environment - physically and psychologically - for our patients, our colleagues, and our community.

  • We create a sense of security and empowerment and are committed to keeping one another free from harm.

  • We embrace a framework and best practices for the highest quality of care and service.

  • We inspire trust by modeling excellence in our work and acceptance of each person's contributions.

Stewardship: We protect and preserve our institutional reputation and the precious resources - people, time, financial, and environmental - entrusted to us.

  • We prioritize the health and well-being of each other.

  • We act responsibly to safeguard the institution's finances.

  • We ensure the proper care and use of time, data, materials, equipment, and property afforded to us.


  • Plans organize, directs, and participates in experiments on cancer research projects.

  • Selects and purchases new equipment in consultation with other professional staff, and maintains technical equipment for the entire laboratory. Manages inventory of biologics and replenishes them as needed. Orders materials for research studies and follows up on orders as needed.

  • Compiles, writes, and evaluates data for publication purposes and submits weekly project results to PI in appropriate digital format.

  • Supervises work of subordinates and reviews specific goals to be attained.

  • Interviews classified personnel for laboratory positions and are responsible for training in selected technical areas, as well as training in all areas of safety.

  • Assists PI to assure correct practice of laboratory safety and universal precautions standards as required under institutional guidelines, including but not limited to maintenance of institutional regulatory records (safety manuals, MSDS, etc.) and performance of required laboratory testing (radiation wipe tests, etc.). Take all training classes required by the institution and pass annual examinations when required. Maintain knowledge of all safety requirements. Coordinate and share responsibilities of laboratory maintenance and operation issues with co-workers.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Analytical Thinking - Gather relevant information systematically; break down problems into simple components; make sound decisions.

Team with Others - Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; encourage collaboration and input from all team members; value the contributions of all team members; balance individual and team goals.

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


EDUCATION: Required: Ph.D. in a natural science or related field or Medical degree.

EXPERIENCE: Required: None. Preferred: Five years of related experience to include research work at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Knowledge of scientific instruments used in related fields of research-- such as electron microscopy, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, computer imaging, pharmacokinetics, and artificial intelligence computer systems design.

Onsite Presence: Is Required

PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field or Medical degree With PhD, no experience required. With Medical degree, two years of experience in experimental or scientific work. 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: 145617

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Evening/Night

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Remote Work: Onsite

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 53,200

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 66,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 79,800

  • Science Jobs: No