Research Assistant II - Cancer Biology

Houston, Texas
October 26 2019
Organization Type
The Cancer Biology department has a long history of being a leader in the field of basic and translational cancer biology research. The department emphasizes the training of students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows in the fundamentals of tumor biology to improve the outcomes of patients with malignancies. The department has built a program with close ties to many clinical departments to facilitate information exchange between the laboratory and the clinic. As such, faculty in the department are investigators on NIH funded collaborative cancer biology research grants. In addition, there are several physician-scientists who have joint appointments in Cancer Biology, facilitating the exchange of clinically-relevant information between the laboratory and the clinic.

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II is to coordinate and conduct experiments and carry out research projects in varied areas of chemistry, biology, physics and other biomedical or related basic science areas.


  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques (RNA, DNA and protein) including Western blotting and PCR; human tissue culture; conjugation of immunoglobulins; basic and original genome instability experiments, immunofluorescence staining and fluorescence microscopy, mice colony handling and related tasks.
  • Willing to learn and perform basic and advanced molecular techniques.
  • Measurable experience in molecular and cellular biology techniques, be able to accurately pipet, follow protocols and perform accurate calculations as needed for the conduct of the work.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed records and experimental data and protocols.
  • Communicate and summarize results for presentations, peer reviewed publications and internal communications.
  • Construct, assemble and operate laboratory apparatus and equipment.
  • Read literature and confer with superiors regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the project.
  • Record and evaluate data obtained in accordance with methods requested.
  • Perform common lab routine maintenance as needed.
  • Other duties as required.


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

Preferred: Master's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.


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

Preferred: Experience with molecular and cellular biology techniques. Must be willing to work with mice.

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.

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