Senior Research Assistant - Clinical Cancer Prevention - Mouse/Mice Handling

Houston, Texas
January 19 2021
Organization Type
The Senior Research Assistant impacts laboratory research activities by performing technical laboratory duties in accordance with general and/or specific plans under the supervision of the Principal Investigator. The Research Assistant will also be responsible for providing support in maintaining general laboratory operations.


Basic and Specific Experimental Data Acquisition
* Requires significant prior experience in working with mouse models.

* Proficient in most current laboratory procedures including: cell/tissue culture methods, molecular cloning, vector construction, transfection, immunochemistry, protein purification, western blotting, gene mapping, promoter analysis, electrophoretic mobility shift assays, transcription assays, RNA, PCR, RT-PCR, mouse experiments and drug treatment and others.

Lab Safety and Lab Management:

* Responsible for providing technical instruction to other investigators in the laboratory in a professional and collegial manner.

* Demonstrates and practices lab safety precautions. Receives verbal and/or written instructions from principal investigator on standards and specialized lab safety procedures. Attends all required safety courses. Handles, stores, and disposes of radioactive isotopes, chemically hazardous materials, and biohazardous materials in procedure specified to meet MDA safety guidelines. Follows manufacturer's guidelines regarding the handling and maintenance of all lab equipment. Will have working knowledge of equipment and all operations and procedures manuals.

Other duties as assigned.

Service Orientation
Provide service to our stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient and innovative manner to include:

* Promoting inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and professionalism to our stakeholders at all times

* Modeling safe, ethical behavior that mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson's Standards of Conduct, institutional policies and procedures

* Responding to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to stakeholders

* Using the steps to HEAL (Hear, Empathize, Address and Learn) the relationship when service recovery is needed

Customer FocusBuilds and maintains customer satisfaction with the products and services offered by the organization through skills demonstrated in communication, personalization of interaction, regulation of emotions, and proactive problem solving.

Performance Statement Examples

* Presents a cheerful, positive manner with customers either on the phone or in person. Shows interest in, actively listens to and responds in a clear and timely manner to customer's expressed needs.

* Focuses on the customer's results, rather than own. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers implement complete solutions through personalized service that anticipates the customer's unspoken needs.

* Delivers services when and where the customer needs them. Explores options when unable to deliver a requested product or service, and pursues solutions until the customer is satisfied by addressing the root cause of the issue. Problem solves with patient, family member, care giver or clinical team to aid in proactively resolving issues and concerns.

* Provides to customers status reports and progress updates. Seeks customer feedback and ensures needs have been fully met.

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: Mouse handling and molecular techniques.

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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