Sr. Research Assistant - Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis

Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
May 04 2021
Ref
139785
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital
This position will be located at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Medical Center campus, in Houston, Texas.

MISSION STATEMENT
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.

SUMMARY

The primary purpose of the Senior Research Assistant position is to provide supervision, special training to technical personnel, and/or highly technical work in the Flow Cytometry and Cellular Imaging Core (FCCIC) in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

Research Support
Perform research or experimental tasks to supply information as part of a research project or laboratory. Support research providing comprehensive services as part of a core facility. Responsible for planning and executing details of experiments including scheduling, preparation of required reagents, coordinating supplies and operating/supervising required equipment. Timely report experimental results and data. Assemble, operate, troubleshoot and maintain functionality of certain core equipment, including monthly QC procedures and preventative maintenance records.

Expertise and Specialization
Apply background/experience in science, using independent evaluation, judgment and analysis. Perform research or experimental tasks in a limited field (niche) or specialty area. Master difficult, advanced, skills or technology in areas related to core services. Operate technically advanced instrumentation. Develop and revise protocols, procedures, and techniques, including standard operating procedures. Assist in researching/implementing new technology to expand the repertoire of core services. Participate in troubleshooting and resolve problems.

Laboratory Organization Supervise independent users of core equipment. Interact with research staff and educational appointees to assist with planning experiments including sample preparation and appropriate controls. Assess availability of supplies and advise/recommend purchasing as needed. Contribute to the overall function of the core including cross-training on certain instrumentation and applications as needed. Establish new service procedures. Maintain records of procedures and services provided. May have delegated signing authority on routine purchases and may assist with iLabs billing for core services.

Other duties as assigned .

REQUIREMENTS

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

Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree

Certification: None

Preferred Certification: None

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

Preferred Experience: With preferred degree, one year of experience in scientific or experimental research work.

Onsite Presence: Is Required

WORKING CONDITIONS

Frequency

Exposure to animals
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue
Exposure to Radiation
Hazardous Chemicals and Materials
Deadlines
Wearing Protective Equipment

Frequent 34-66%
Occasionally 11-33%
Occasionally 11-33%
Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Frequency

Weight

Standing
Walking
Sitting
Reaching
Lifting
Pushing/Pulling
Keyboarding

Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Occasionally 11-33%

5-10 lbs
5-10 lbs

COGNITIVE DEMANDS

Following Instructions
Analytical Ability
Attention to detail
Comprehending
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning
Problem Solving
Working Alone
Appropriate Behavior
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Organizing
Reading Skills/Comprehension
Responding in emergency situations
Written Communication
Interpersonal Skills

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