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MD Anderson Cancer Center Medical Technician II - Translational Molecular Pathology - Tues - Sat 8am-5pm 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.


The primary purpose of the Medical Technician II position is to perform blood processing and molecular testing on research samples received by the ECOG-ACRIN Central Biorepository and Pathology Facility (EA CBPF). *This position work hours will be from Tuesday – Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm.


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.


Processes, aliquots and freezes blood: Process blood to separate, isolate, store and aliquot serum, plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Process, aliquot and freeze urine and other fluids.

Performs molecular tests: Perform manual and automated DNA and RNA and protein extraction from blood and tissue. Analyze and interpret results of nucleic acids extractions.

Perform Fluorescent in-situ hybridization (FISH): Organize and inventory frozen, refrigerated and ambient samples. Perform cell counting, cell culture, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and fluorescent in-situ hybridization (FISH).

Equipment maintenance: Operates, troubleshoots and maintains freezers according to specific protocols.

Data Management: Maintains accurate and detailed records of data. Ensures and verifies quality control data is appropriate for the complexity of the tests. Completes, verifies and reports testing in timely manner. Follows the biorepository's inventory control system to assure effective use of supplies and reagents. Maintains competency in computer functions.

Perform molecular techniques following established SOPs:

Understands and maintains familiarity with legacy, current and new ECOG-ACRIN protocols. Reads and understands investigator concepts, proposals, projects and correlatives. Remains knowledgeable and competent of all policies, procedures and protocols. Reviews and writes SOPs as needed.


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

Innovative Thinking - Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

Self-Adaptability - Work in situations involving uncertainty, shifting priorities, and rapid change; deal constructively with mistakes and setbacks; demonstrate flexibility.

Inspire Trust - Show consistency among principles, values, and behavior; gain the confidence and trust of others.

Listen to Others - Listen to feedback and input carefully; demonstrate attention to others; acknowledge and listen to differing perspectives in a group.

Oral Communication - Work in situations involving uncertainty, shifting priorities, and rapid change; deal constructively with mistakes and setbacks; demonstrate flexibility.

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

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.


Preferred: Bachelor's degree with major course work in one of the basic sciences. May substitute required education degree with equivalent experience on a one to one basis.

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: 136357

  • 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, Days, Weekends

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 33,200

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 41,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 49,800

  • Science Jobs: No

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