MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Research Assistant - Cancer Biology in Houston, Texas

The primary purpose of the Senior Research Assistant is to perform experiments focused on molecular analyses of tissues and cells, nucleic acid analyses and manipulation, gene expression profiling, cloning, and tissue culture. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining supply levels and safety standards in the laboratory as well as for training other personnel in special techniques. The position requires independent decision making, judgment and organizational skills.

The salary range is min $ 39,200 mid $ 49,000 max $ 58,800

KEY FUNCTIONS:

1. Lab and Animal Studies:

  • Exercises considerable imagination, initiative and inventiveness in planning and executing the details of experiments/studies and in evaluating and interpreting the results.

  • Performing laboratory studies using complex techniques including large scale tissue culture (maintaining mammalian cells, growth assays, drug response assays, transfection and viral infection), nucleic acid extraction, PCR analyses, immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry and immunohistochemistry.

  • Performing cloning studies, gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, RNAi transfections studies, screening assays, and flow cytometry.

2. Techniques and Records:

  • Responsible for major participation in the development and revision of techniques, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment. Orders and organizes supplies for the laboratory. Performs regular monitoring of safety standards in the laboratory, maintains records of hazardous materials.

3. Reports and Grants:

  • Collaborates or assists with supervisor and senior research staff with preparation of reports and grant requests.

4. Supervises:

  • Supervises technicians in their work and assists them as assigned or delegated. Assists new members of the laboratory/department in the use of nude mice and tissue culture techniques

5. Laboratory Organization and Monitoring:

  • Orders and organizes supplies for the laboratory.

  • Performs regular monitoring of safety standards in the laboratory, maintains records of hazardous materials.

EDUCATION:

Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

EXPERIENCE:

Required: Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, one year of required experience.

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