Senior Research Assistant - Myeloma Tissue Bank

Houston, Texas
April 28 2021
Organization Type
Senior Research Assistant


The primary role for the Senior Research Assistant is to oversee and conduct the processing, storage and retrieval of patient-derived samples, to enter and coordinate data in relevant databases, to check quality measurements of samples, to provide oversight and technical training for other Myeloma Tissue Bank staff members, and to communicate frequently and clearly with laboratory researchers, faculty members and others in the Department of Lymphoma & Myeloma and/or when needed with members of other departments at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and/or other stakeholders.


Laboratory-based tissue bank Coordinates, processes and stores patient-derived samples submitted to the Myeloma Tissue Bank. Work independently to see that samples are obtained and processed in a timely and consistent manner. Requires both an understanding of the methodology and the ability to independently troubleshoot problems and to ask for help when appropriate.

Operates laboratory apparatus and equipment. Conducts quality control measurements using flow cytometry and analyzes data outputs. Reads literature regarding new procedures and discusses with bank directors and other researchers. Develops and modifies standard operating procedures according to the needs of sample banking protocols.

Conducts work with appropriate lab safety measures and maintains sterile technique where needed. Able to observe and identify cell morphologies under the microscope, determine cell counts with a hemocytometer or automated cell counter, and determines cell viability. Prepares sterile media and solutions when required. Able to freeze and/or thaw viable cell preparations, cell pellets and other materials.

Research Data Management
Records and analyzes sample bank data obtained in accordance with standard operating procedures. Communicates results to and understands instructions from the tissue bank director, designated faculty members and colleagues. Compiles and writes data summaries. Maintains thorough, accurate, legible and organized records of all samples processed. Maintains an accurate inventory of supplies and reagents for tissue bank.

Laboratory Operations Work closely with faculty and other laboratory members to ensure that no compromises in the daily functioning of the laboratory occurs due to lack of supplies or failure of equipment. Must be able to monitor lab inventory and estimate quantities and types of supplies needed in the lab. Maintain a clean and neat work area in laboratory to ensure the most efficient functioning of the lab and a pleasant work environment.

Other duties as assigned

Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field. Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, one year of required 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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