Senior Research Assistant - Radiation Oncology

Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
February 24 2021
Ref
138006
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital
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 a Senior Research Assistant is to provide technical and coordination skills in carrying out various research projects. Coordinates and conducts experiments and carries out research projects in varied areas of chemistry, biology, physics and other biomedical, dental or related basic science areas. Constructs, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment. Reads literature and confers with superiors regarding new procedures and modifies them according to the needs of the project. Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested.

KEY FUNCTIONS
1. Collecting, processing, storing, and recording human tissue biomarkers including but not limited to blood, tumor tissue, and urine.
2. Interaction with clinical study and other clinic staff to coordinate biomarker pickup and storage.
3. Conducts experiments and carries out research projects in varied areas of chemistry, biology, physics and other biomedical, dental or related scientific fields.
4. Constructs, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment.
5. Records and evaluates data in accordance with methods requested.
6. Maintains accurate and timely records to include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project.
7. Monitor laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects. Ensures quality of reagents or other supplies.
8. Maintain an excellent working knowledge of all basic laboratory equipment and apparatus.
9. Read scientific literature to keep current with new research techniques and confers with supervisor regarding new procedures.
10. Help in maintenance of general Lab equipment and prepare common laboratory stock chemicals
11. Update lab inventories and order lab supplies.
12. Other duties as assigned.

WORKING CONDITIONS
This position requires:
Working in Office Environment ______ No X Yes
Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic) X No ______ Yes
Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues ______ No
X Yes
Exposure to harmful chemicals ______ No X Yes
Exposure to radiation ______ No X Yes
Exposure to animals ______ No X Yes

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:
Time Spent
Never
0% Occasionally
1-33% Frequently
34-66% Continuously
67-100%
Standing X
Walking X
Sitting X
Reaching X
Lifting/Carrying
Up to 10 lbs X
10lbs to 50 lbs X
More than 50 lbs X
Pushing/Pulling
Up to 10 lbs X
10lbs to 50 lbs X
More than 50 lbs X
Use computer/keyboard X

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

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

Preferred: Experience with laboratory animals. Must be willing to work with mice and rats.

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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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