MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant I, Experimental Radiation Oncology in Houston, Texas

The Research Assistant I in Experimental Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center provides responsible technical assistance in carrying out various research projects and assistance in maintaining efficient functioning of the laboratory. The Research Assistant I position requires a scientific and technical background, independent decision making, judgement and organizational skills.

The ideal candidate will have experience with in vitro work, including lung cancer cell lines. Candidates for this position must be willing to work with mice and rats.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Since 1944, more than 1.2 million patients have sought out MD Anderson's expertise. The institution pioneered a multidisciplinary approach to research-driven care. In Fiscal year 2016, MD Anderson invested more than $787.3 million in research.

Salary Range

Minimum: $30,400 Midpoint: $38,000 Maximum: $45,600

Key Functions

  1. Assists with activities involving in vivo work with mice involving Radiotherapy and Immunotherapy.

  2. Duties may include collection and processing biological specimens (Blood and Tissue).

  3. Performs flow cytometry (FACs) and animal work that requires handling of animals for injections, necropsy etc. Prior animal experience preferred but not required.

  4. Maintains accurate and timely records to include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project.

  5. Monitors laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects. Ensures quality of reagents or other supplies.

  6. Maintains an excellent working knowledge of all basic laboratory equipment and apparatus.

  7. Reads scientific literature to keep current with new research techniques and confers with supervisor regarding new procedures.

  8. Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested.

  9. Helps in maintenance of general Lab equipment and prepares common laboratory stock chemicals.

  10. Updates lab inventories and orders lab supplies.


Required: Bachelor's degree with major course work in one of the basic sciences.

Preferred: Major course work in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology or Animal Science.


Required: No experience.

Preferred: Experience with in vitro work, including lung cancer cell lines, is strongly preferred. Candidates must be willing to work with mice and rats. Experience with laboratory animals is preferred.

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.