MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II - Flow Cytometry in Houston, Texas

Research Assistant II - Flow Cytometry

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Research at

Cancer Medicine - Research 900080

Requisition #: 118436

The Department of Leukemia is dedicated to quality patient care, innovative research, and developing more effective treatments for all types of leukemia. Clinical research conducted by our faculty and staff consistently translates into new leukemia therapies and advances overall knowledge of the disease.

The Research Assistant II provides technical and coordination skills in carrying out various CyTOF projects. Coordinates procedures and performing technical laboratory duties in the Flow Cytometry and Cellular Imaging facility in accordance with general and/or specific plans for the institution.

The salary range is: min-$34,400, mid-$43,000 and max-$51,600.


  1. Instrument Operation and Maintenance

a. Must be familiar with principles of Flow Cytometry, Sorting, and FACS. Must understand optics, fluidics and spectral properties of laser excitation, principles of fluorescent dye conjugation, and in consultation with supervisor be able to design optimal laser/dye combinations and the choice of excitation and emission filters.

b. Must be able to learn to independently operate the mass cytometers, flow cytometers, and cell sorters. Experiment setup, instrument QC, laser alignment, routine maintenance, etc. Assist research personnel in use of instrumentation.

a. Interact with institutional researchers to understand and assist with the execution of experimental goals. Excellent experimental trouble-shooting skills are desired; and thorough knowledge of cell preparation methodology is required.

i. Operates, calibrates, maintains and troubleshoots CyTOF Helios and CyTOF Hyperion Mass Cytometers, analytical and sorting flow cytometers, and microscopes.

ii. Assists with experimental/protocol design.

iii. Incorporate a quality control program into the daily functions of the Facility. Review results and make recommendations for improvements when appropriate.

iv. Writes Standard Operating Procedures for all procedures being performed in the facility.

v. Maintain daily work schedule to insure that all work is completed in a timely manner.

  1. Data Analysis Interaction

a. Handles scheduling and all aspects of client interaction, supporting iLabs usage.

b. Uses knowledge of various analysis software to assist client with data analysis and interpretation

i. Must be prepared to work with human blood, blood products and tissues

  1. Lab Development Assistance

a. Assists with experimental/protocol design.

b. Supports daily function of the facility, including data and records management, inventory, ordering and logging of supplies and reagents, quality assurance, billing, training, safety and continuing education programs.

c. Maintain the quality control program into the daily functions of the Facility. Review results, report and troubleshoot as necessary. Writes Standard Operating Procedures as needed in the facility. Attends laboratory and department meetings and in-services as required.


Required: Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences such as biology, biochemistry or biomedicine.

Preferred: Master's degree with major course work in one of the basic sciences.


Required: Two years of experience in scientific or experimental research work.

Preferred: Previous research laboratory experience to include experience with tissue culture and strong computer skills -OR- experience with flow cytometry, imaging, -OR- Mass Spec.

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.