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

The Research Technician in the department of Radiation Oncology - Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center provides responsible technical assistance in carrying out various research projects and assistance in maintaining efficient functioning of the laboratory. This position requires a scientific and technical background, independent decision making, judgment and organizational skills.

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 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Institution pioneered a multidisciplinary approach to research-driven care. In Fiscal Year 2016, MD Anderson invested more than $787.3 million in research.

Salary Range

Minimum: $26,000 Midpoint: $32,500 Maximum: $39,000

Key Functions

  • Collect, process, store, and record human tissue biomarkers including but not limited to blood, tumor tissue, and urine.

  • Interact with clinical study and other clinic staff to coordinate biomarker pickup and storage.

  • Conduct experiments and carry out research projects in varied areas of chemistry, biology, physics and other biomedical, dental or related scientific fields.

  • Construct, assemble and operate laboratory apparatus and equipment.

  • Record and evaluate data in accordance with methods requested.

  • Maintain accurate and timely records to include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project.

  • Monitor laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects. Ensure quality of reagents or other supplies.

  • Maintain an excellent working knowledge of all basic laboratory equipment and apparatus.

  • Read scientific literature to keep current with new research techniques and confer with supervisor regarding new procedures.

  • Help in maintenance of general Lab equipment and prepare common laboratory stock chemicals.

  • Update lab inventories and order lab supplies.


Required: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred: Associate's degree.


Required: Two years of research experience. With the preferred degree, no experience required.

Preferred: Experience with laboratory animals. Must be willing to work with mice and rats.

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.