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MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Assistant II in Houston, Texas


The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II position is to provide technical and coordination skills in carrying out various research projects. Coordinates and conducts experiments and carries out research projects in varied areas of chemistry, biology, physics and other biomedical, or related basic science areas. Constructs, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment. Reads literature and confers with superiors regarding new procedures and modifies them according to the needs of the project. Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested.


Research and Development

Research and Development in the Areas of Molecular Biology,

Immunology, Virology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry.

• DNA & RNA isolation and plasmid purification

• Western blotting

• Cell apoptosis detection

• FACS analysis

• Immunoprecipitation analysis

• Proteinchip analysis

• siRNA technology

• immunofluorescence assay

• Animal studies

• Radiation usage

Cell Culture

The ability to perform general cell culture procedures using sterile technique, which would involve the growth and maintenance of various cell lines. Maintain Cell Culture Cell freezing, seeding, passage, and viability/growth analysis/cell death. Conduct molecular analysis in tissue culture cells.

Record Keeping Record keeping and data maintenance to meet supervisor, department / institute directives. Records experimental data by manually writing in a notebook or enter into a computer database. Collects and accurately calculate experimental data under the guidance of supervisor. Prepares graphs and charts by using computer.

General Lab Duties Assists with general lab functions as directed by lab supervisor. Maintains condition of -80C freezers in main laboratory and captain dream team duty. Assists with instrument maintenance and lab safety management. Assists with general tissue culture duty. Coordinate and execute disposal of hazardous waste. Participates in an "as needed basis" on projects and general lab functions as directed.

Service Orientation

Provide service to our stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient and innovative manner to include:

  • Promoting inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and professionalism to our stakeholders at all times

  • Modeling safe, ethical behavior that mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson's Standards of Conduct, institutional policies and procedures

  • Responding to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to stakeholders

  • Using the steps to HEAL (Hear, Empathize, Address and Learn) the relationship when service recovery is needed

Customer Focus

Builds and maintains customer satisfaction with the products and services offered by the organization through skills demonstrated in communication, personalization of interaction, regulation of emotions, and proactive problem solving.


Education: Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.

Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree

Experience: Two years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.

Preferred Experience: None

Onsite Presence: Is 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: 129245

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 34,400

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

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

  • Science Jobs: Yes

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