Research Assistant II - Cancer Biology, Mouse handling

Houston, Texas
October 02 2019
Organization Type
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.


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. 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. Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested.

The salary range is min $ 34,400 mid $ 43,000 max $ 51,600


Depending on interest and lab needs, any combination of the following techniques and duties may apply:

Laboratory Bench Work

Must have 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. Exercises considerable initiative and inventiveness in planning and executing the details of experiments/studies and in evaluating and interpreting the results. Perform laboratory studies using complex techniques including flow cytometry, tissue culture (maintaining mammalian cells, growth assays, drug response assays, transfection and viral infection), nucleic acid extraction, PCR including mouse genotyping, immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry and immunohistochemistry.

Animal Studies

Perform animal studies including mouse colony handling, monitoring and recording progress of experiments, injecting tumor cells, mouse surgeries, dosing mice with drugs, animal imaging, necropsy, preparation of tissue samples for histological processing. Animals include "nude" and conventional mice.

Records and Lab Maintenance

Must maintain accurate, detailed records and experimental data and protocols. Responsible for major participation in the development and revision of techniques, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment. Performs common lab routine maintenance as needed. Organizes supplies. Assists with the regular monitoring of safety standards in the laboratory, including maintenance and handling of hazardous materials and biohazard waste.

Reports and Grants

Collects and organizes data and information to assist supervisor and senior research staff with preparation of reports and grant requests.

Other duties as assigned

Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the biological or natural sciences
Preferred: Master's degree in one of the biological or natural sciences.

Two years of experience in scientific or experimental research work.

No experience with preferred degree.

Preferred: Mouse handling experience.

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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