Research Assistant II - Nephrology Research

Houston, Texas
November 19 2020
Organization Type
The Nephrology section specializes in disorders and diseases of the kidneys in cancer patients. Our mission is to provide the highest level of patient care, expand the frontiers of basic and clinical investigation in nephrology, and support state-of-the-art training and education in Nephrology. Our full-time faculty members are dedicated to clinical practice, research and teaching. The Section has a robust research agenda comprising of activities ranging from bench to bedside and are actively engaged in research.


The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II is to provide technical assistance and support for carrying out various research projects in a translational research lab that is focused on diabetic kidney disease and immune mediated nephrotoxicity. This person will plan and carry out various research projects as assigned and provide assistance to professional laboratory staff.

  1. Perform experiments that will include basic molecular and biochemical bench-work, cell culturing of cell-lines and various assays

  1. Conduct animal maintenance, inventory, breeding, anesthesia, euthanizing, genotyping (PCR and electrophoresis), and treatment administration (intravenous injection, intra peritoneal injection, gavage, et al). Help with animal imaging and harvesting tissue sample.

  1. Present and share data acquired.

  1. Purchasing and stocking laboratory supplies, preparation of media and reagents, optimization of lab protocols, and maintenance of laboratory equipment. This requires the monitoring of workflow and planning as it pertains to the need for supplies, equipment maintenance and stock solutions.

  1. Good reading and comprehension skills are a necessity in understanding scientific articles and journals related to experiments being conducted. Attendance and participation at work related seminars and/or meetings are required.

  1. Perform duties in accordance with instructed methods under the direction of the principal investigator or designee. This position conducts close work with other technicians, students, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scientists and staff members in scientific protocols currently used. Good communication skills, patience and good working knowledge of equipment and research aims are a necessity.

  1. Adhere to institutional and regulatory guidelines when handling, recording, and collecting data and samples on patients enrolled in our clinical studies.

  1. Develop leadership skills to maintain, plan and execute projects based on project aim and thesis.

  1. Perform all duties listed and other duties as assigned.

Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences. Two years experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree. 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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