MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II - General Internal Med-Research in Houston, Texas

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II position is to carry out laboratory research projects in the laboratory of Edwin Ostrin, MD, PhD and Samir Hanash, MD, PhD, on mouse and cell culture models of lung cancer. Technical experience working with cell lines and mouse models is desirable. The RAII must have technical skills in basic laboratory protocols, ability and interest in learning specialized protocols in the Ostrin laboratory, and the ability to function semi-autonomously in a laboratory setting.


  1. Coordination with laboratory staff on experiments in mouse husbandry, cell culture, and molecular biology techniques

  2. Conduction of RNA, DNA, and protein assays of specimens isolated from mice, human cell lines, and in vitro experiments.

  3. Semi-autonomous conduction of microscopy, flow cytometry, and immunohistochemistry as needed

  4. Ability to occasionally work extra hours based on the demand of the projects.

  5. Assist in essential lab function including ordering supplies and lab equipment maintenance

  6. Must be able to work as a member of a team and assist coworkers in the execution of their research projects.

  7. Must have some experience with software packages used for data analysis (i.e. Microsoft Excel, Adobe Illustrator, SigmaPlot, GraphPad) and willingness to learn more advanced data analysis (i.e. stereometry, R, SPSS, Bioconductor, FloJo).

Candidate must also possess the ability to be clearly understood, by verbal communication in face-to-face encounter and by telephone, read printed and written data, assimilate pertinent information in order to communicate in written correspondence.

Required: Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences. Two years experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.

Salary Range: $34,400 - $43,000 - $51,600

Working Conditions

This position requires:

Working in Office Environment

__ No

x__ Yes

Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic)

x No

__ Yes

Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues

__ No

x Yes

Exposure to harmful chemicals

__ No

x Yes

Exposure to radiation

x No

__ Yes

Physical Demands

Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:

Never: 0%

Occasionally: 1-33%

Frequently: 34-66%

Continuously: 67-100%

Standing – Occasionally

Walking – Occasionally

Sitting – Frequently

Reaching – Occasionally


Up to 10 lbs – Occasionally

10 lbs to 50 lbs – Never

More than 50 lbs – Never


Up to 10 lbs – Occasionally

10 lbs to 50 lbs – Occasionally

More than 50 lbs - Never

Use computer/keyboard - Frequently

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.