Sr Research Assistant - ACT Platform

Houston, Texas
September 12 2020
Organization Type
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Sr Research Assistant performs independently a variety of standard clinical testing procedures within a clinical laboratory or similar setting. Impacts multidisciplinary teamwork involving patient care, maintenance of quality control and instrumentation utilized for the production of analytical data on patient specimens. Independently performs a variety of waived clinical testing and protocol procedures within a clinical laboratory. Prepares complex set ups for slides/specimens for tests. Prepares complex reagents, prepares sterile supplies and stains slides. Cuts and grinds tissue samples. Evaluates, accessions and processes cases or specimens. Operates, troubleshoots and services equipment according to specific protocols. Generates manifests for reference testing and maintains inventory.


Technical Lab duties

1. Performs technical laboratory duties in accordance with a predetermined course of action.

2. Assists with the development of CAR NK studies and novel immunotherapies and treatments.

3. Documentation of mice colony database.

4. Liason with other departments and outside institutions working on collaborative clinical research projects.

5. Competence in the use of sterile technique and the use of Universal Precautions when handling potentially biohazardous clinical samples.

6. Familiarity with appropriate literature in the field and willingness to learn and contribute ideas that might improve techniques.

Clinical Protocol maintenance

7. Interpret and refine techniques with clinical research protocols.

8. Familiarity with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) used in the clinic allowing the processing of clinical samples as required.


9. Assist with laboratory supply ordering.

10. Maintenance and inventory of cell lines catalogues stored in liquid nitrogen tanks.

11. Other duties.


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


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

Preferred: Clinical laboratory 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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