MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II - Smithville, Texas in Smithville, Texas
This position will reside at The Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center, Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis, located in Smithville, Texas.
Salary range: 34,400 (min) - $43,000 (mid) - $51,600 (max)
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 Research Assistant II position provides technical and coordination skills to support laboratory research projects in the Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) core within the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis at the Science Park campus in Smithville.
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES
Provide experimental and technical support for ongoing research projects. Perform duties in accordance with general and/or specific plans. Assists in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols. Processes, organizes and summarizes data, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms. Isolate DNA and RNA from cells and/or tissues, check DNA and RNA quality on a Bioanalyzer and/or TapeStation, prepare NGS libraries from DNA and/or RNA, operate cutting-edge NGS instrumentation, perform qPCR, and be able to work with terminal for data analysis and transfer. Collect and analyze data from experimental procedures and discuss results with the principal investigator. Document experimental results and maintain an organized laboratory notebook. Prepare materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations. May instruct other staff and students in basic laboratory techniques.
Expertise and Specialization
Apply basic background and experience in science to the application of laboratory techniques, using judgment, analysis and evaluation. Read literature and confer with superiors regarding new procedures, and modify them according to the needs of the project. Master complex skills and techniques used in the laboratory. Learn new skills or technology.
Assist in general laboratory operation, ensures the laboratory is prepared for experiments, performs related laboratory maintenance such as maintaining and cleaning equipment and assisting with monitoring and stocking supplies, preparation of stock solutions and other reagents. Follow Core guidelines regarding order processing, handling of rush orders and special jobs. Alert superiors to problems with orders or with the queue. Interact with client user groups and alert superiors to problems/concerns.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.
Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree.
Preferred Certification: None.
Experience: Two years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.
Preferred Experience: A strong background in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), proficiency with computers, and knowledge of statistics.
Onsite Presence: Is Required.
Exposure to animals
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue
Exposure to Radiation
Hazardous Chemicals and Materials
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