MD Anderson Cancer Center Sr Research Assistant - Genomic Medicine in Houston, Texas

The primary purpose of the Senior Research Assistant is to apply technical expertise and experience to assist with coordinating, designing and carrying out research projects while following lab standard operating procedures. We are seeking a well-organized, high motivated professional to support the Genomic Medicine department, as well as, partially support the Cancer Genomics Laboratory. The laboratory utilizes cutting edge technologies and innovative approaches to dissect the molecular and cellular basis of cancer initiation, progression, and maintenance. There is a strong interest in ultimately translating these basic science discoveries towards drug development and improving patient treatment outcome. Individuals will be trained on multiple molecular biology techniques and will have the privilege of work with the most advanced biomedical equipment. The successful candidate will have solid molecular Biology experience and demonstrate solid experience with LIMS systems.

Ideal candidate will have a Master's degree with course works in genetics or genomics. Computer experience working with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Must be highly motivated, reliable, responsible, well organized and a careful record keeper with good attention to details. Excellent communication skills are required as well as the ability to work well in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment.

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.

Key Functions

  1. Lead execution of DNA/RNA isolation, quality control and preparation of samples for next generation sequencing.

  2. Ability to generate libraries for next-generation sequencing manually and by operating liquid handling automation.

  3. Reads literature and confers with superiors regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the project.

  4. Ability to search and review the scientific literature for the purpose of developing SOP's

  5. Proficiently use standard MS office products and willing to learn the LIMS systems develop/employed by the laboratory.

  6. Timely laboratory sample tracking with required documents. Overall QA right along data generation pipeline. Generate standard operating procedures.

  7. Provides supervision, special training to technical personnel and/or highly technical work in medical and related research projects.

Working Conditions

This position requires :

Yes

No

Working in Office Environment

X

Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic)

X

Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues

X

Exposure to harmful chemicals

X

Exposure to radiation

X

Physical Demands

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

Time Spent

Never

0%

Occasionally

1-33%

Frequently

34-66%

Continuously

67-100%

Standing

X

Walking

X

Sitting

X

Reaching

X

Lifting/Carrying

Up to 10 lbs.

X

10lbs to 50 lbs.

X

More than 50 lbs.

X

Pushing/Pulling

Up to 10 lbs.

X

10lbs to 50 lbs.

X

More than 50 lbs.

X

Use computer/keyboard

X

Education

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

Preferred: Master's degree with course works in genetics or genomics.

Experience

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

Preferred: Computer experience working with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Must be highly motivated, reliable, responsible, well organized and a careful record keeper with good attention to details. Excellent communication skills are required as well as the ability to work well in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment.

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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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