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

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 2018 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant I position is to provide responsible technical assistance in carrying out various research projects and assistance in maintaining efficient functioning of the laboratory. Requires scientific and technical background, independent decision making, judgment and organizational skills.


• Will perform injections, irradiations and minor surgeries, and learn a major surgical technique, germ cell transplantation to the testis, in rodents. Should successfully complete training and certification by the Department of Veterinary Medicine to handle and work with live animals, in a safe and humane manner, following institutional guidelines for disposal of dead animals, biohazards and used needles. Responsible for ordering rodents and maintaining up-to-date animal inventory

• Will assist with studies on non-human primates although direct handling of the monkeys will be done by senior investigators, veterinarians, and veterinary staff. Will prepare cell suspensions by enzyme digestion from the rodent/non-human primate testicular tissue followed by cryogenic storage. Will perform short-term cultures and transfection of primary cells under sterile and healthy


• Breed and maintain the colony of transgenic mice for experiments; keep up-to-date record of the breeders, birth date, and the mice available for experiments.

• Will perform molecular studies (extract DNA, RNA from cells or tissues, prepare cells for flow cytometry, perform PCR, real-time PCR).

• Will perform histological and cellular studies: Tissue processing for sectioning,

immunohistochemistry staining, immunofluorescence staining, and FACS analysis.

• Serve as Lab Representative on department Lab Council, attend all meetings and communicate all information back to lab staff.

• Maintain laboratory environment including ordering of supplies and organization of supplies and equipment

• Maintain clear and accurate records of laboratory data, both written and electronic, accessible at all times by the supervisor.

• Communicate effectively with supervisor through informal discussion on a daily basis, weekly one-on-one meeting, laboratory meetings, and department seminars.


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


Required : No experience.

Preferred : Some experience in scientific or experimental research 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: 135365

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 30,400

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 38,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 45,600

  • Science Jobs: No

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