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MD Anderson Cancer Center Laboratory Technician - Molecular Diagnostic in Houston, Texas

*This is an entry-level lab position that comes with an hourly rate of $13 an hour with little flexibility.*

The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (MDL) is a certified (by CAP and CLIA) and internationally recognized clinical diagnostic facility (located in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building for Personalized Cancer Care (6565 MD Anderson Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030). It was established in 1990 and specializes in clinical molecular testing of tumor samples from various cancer types. Here, we provide a full roster of cutting-edge molecular testing for hematologic and solid organ tumors, which is very critical for management and treatment of these cancers. Our laboratory analyzes samples primarily from patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) as well as serves as a referral laboratory for other hospitals and clinics.

The mission of MDL is to provide clinical molecular biomarker testing that is best suited for cancer care at MD Anderson Cancer Center on 100% of clinically justified requests in time with 100% accuracy. In addition to supporting clinical care, MDL is also involved in clinical trials and education.

Our goal is to establish and maintain a leadership position in clinical molecular diagnostics by translating new scientific discoveries into clinical practice through a combination of technology, talent and teamwork. MDL has established the following goals in line with the MDACC mission:

MDL offers a wide variety of state-of-the-art clinical molecular assays for cancer diagnosis, treatment selection, prognostication and disease monitoring across all tumor types. While the initial test offering were focused on hematolymphoid malignancies, we have dramatically expanded the solid organ tumor testing in the recent years to support recent expansion in molecular test utilization in solid tumors. Taking advantage of automated, high through-put instrumentation, our lab is able to accommodate a large volume of highly complex tests and generate highest quality results with a rapid turn-around time to facilitate timely patient care decisions.


Performs assigned tasks in accordance with established policies and procedures

  • Correctly receives, accessions, processes, and assures proper identification of specimen

  • Evaluates specimen integrity and notifies appropriate personnel of unacceptable specimens in accordance with departmental procedure

  • Acquires and maintains proficiency in computer functions

  • Independently performs work without undue reliance on others and assists co-workers as time permits

  • Keeps abreast of new procedures and policies

  • Performs and documents all required quality control/quality assurance

  • Maintains neat, accurate and complete records according to established policies and procedures

  • Readily instructs new personnel and students regarding theories, techniques, and processes

Maintains organized processes to provide optimal and timely patient results

  • Prioritizes and organizes workflow meeting productivity goals of the section

  • Remains knowledgeable of processes and pre-analytical procedures enabling efficient trouble shooting and problem solving

  • Assists with monitoring and documenting of the sections inventory control system while assuring effective use of supplies

Performs all tasks in positive manner to result in appropriate positive customer service

- Complies with section's telephone courtesy policies and procedures

- Reports results of problem resolutions to callers in accordance with section's policies

- Demonstrates cooperation when working with both internal and external customers

- Demonstrates calmness under varying environmental circumstances; remains willing and capable of assisting with crisis situations

- Consistently well groomed; maintains a high standard of personal hygiene; adheres to the section/divisional dress code

High school graduation or equivalent. One year of experience in a clinical medical laboratory or similar setting. With preferred degree, no experience required. 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: 139007

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

  • Work Week: Day/Evening

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 27,040

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 34,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 40,800

  • Science Jobs: No

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