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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II - Pulmonary Medicine - Research 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 Research Assistant II position:

Scope: Impacts quality and efficiency of research projects at the department level.

Function: Coordinates technical and data management duties in support of various research projects.

Key Functions

  1. Mouse husbandry, breeding, and colony maintenance

  2. Genotyping of genetically modified mice based on PCR and Southern Blot

  3. Mouse dissection with tissue, blood and cell harvesting

  4. Processing of animal samples for histology, cytology, and hematologic measurements

  5. Flow-cytometry

  6. Basic microscopic and morphometric techniques

  7. Generation and maintenance of mammalian cell lines

  8. Secretion cell assays

  9. DNA, RNA and protein isolation, purification and identification (PCR, Q-PCR, Northern, Southern and Western blots)

  10. Constructs, assembles, and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment

  11. Reads literature, communicates freely and clearly, and confers with superiors regarding new procedures and modifies them according to the needs of the project

  12. Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested and confers with superiors regarding results obtained

  13. Coordinates the distribution of routine and/or experimental lab specimens to appropriate laboratory personnel within the laboratory and within other collaborating laboratories in the Texas Medical Center

  14. Other duties as assigned


  1. Presents data in formal Laboratory Meetings (quarterly).

  2. Presents papers in Laboratory Journal Club Meetings (quarterly).

  3. Responsible for ordering supplies for the laboratory

  4. Participates in collaborative research projects with other laboratories

  5. Coordinates the export and import of animals and reagents to other collaborating laboratories


Received: Other Research Assistants, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Principal Investigators and/or a member of the professional staff.

Given: Monitors subordinate Research Assistants, Research Technicians, and Laboratory Technical Assistants. Monitors college, medical and graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows when assigned by the principal investigator.

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.

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: 126920

  • 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) 34,400

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 43,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 51,600

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