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

The primary purpose of the Senior Research Assistant position is to provide technical assistance in carrying out various research projects. These projects require complex sample preparation of a variety of human samples such as plasma, serum, and cells, using a variety of technological platforms.


Research Design, Planning, Coordination & Evaluation :

  • Executes assays, evaluates, and interprets results for cancer research projects including but not limited to cell culture and transfection, Western blotting, RT-PCR analysis, and flow cytometry.

  • Performs and assists in animal experiments (mouse, breeding, weening, bleeding, tissue harvesting, injections, downstream processing and analysis). Performs animal maintenance (safety protocols and standards, record keeping of animal inventory).

  • Assists faculty and other research scientists in developing and validating standard operating protocols (SOPs).

  • Tests plasma, cell lines, and tumor samples following validated SOPs.

  • Maintains clear record of all experimental work performed in laboratory notebooks and completes all documentation with clear and accurate language, according to the SOP's in place.

  • Compiles, reviews, writes reports, and presents in working group meetings.

  • Prepares stock solutions and buffers orders necessary reagents, laboratory supplies for future experiments in a timely manner.

  • Provides supervision and assists technicians as required.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Communication and Team Work :

  • Asks critical and insightful questions to drive decision making and persuasively conveying solutions to a broad range of team members.

  • Coordinates and communicates with faculty, laboratory scientists, clinical researchers, and field experts extensively and understands their needs and contributes to the study designs of ongoing projects.

  • Works closely in a multidisciplinary team with scientists, clinicians, and biostatisticians to execute the assays as required for research projects.

MARGINAL Functions

  • Other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

  • IC – Analytical Thinking:

  • Gather relevant information systematically;

  • Break down problems into simple components; and

  • Make sound decisions.

  • Attention to details

  • IC – Build Relationships:

  • Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and

  • Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.

  • IC – Innovative Thinking:

  • Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and

  • Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

Working Conditions

Must be able to work evenings, weekends, as needed. Requires the ability to adapt to changing conditions in situations and priorities that may be characterized by high stress levels, such as project deadlines. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, budget and prioritize time and workload, address spontaneous issues and problems, resolve conflicts, and make decisions. The position also requires one to anticipate needs, to recognize situations requiring assistance and have the ability to refer or perform any necessary tasks, and to comprehend the goals of the program and take the initiative in making decisions and taking actions to further these goals.

This position requires:

Working in Office Environment

_X No

__ 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


__ Yes

Exposure to animals

_X_ No

__ Yes

Physical Demands

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

Time Spent


















Up to 10 lbs


10lbs to 50 lbs


More than 50 lbs



Up to 10 lbs


10lbs to 50 lbs


More than 50 lbs


Use computer/keyboard



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

Preferred: Masters of Science immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, bioengineering, biomedical sciences, or related scientific discipline.


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

Preferred: Experience with human biological samples (plasma) and animal models is preferred. Experience with cell culture.

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: 136177

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Day/Evening

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 39,200

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 49,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 58,800

  • Science Jobs: Yes

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