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Research Assistant II - Radiation Physics - Research

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Dec 28, 2021

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II position is to perform laboratory research projects on in vitro and in vivo models. The research projects involve investigations in the role of radiation and DNA repair defects on immune response activation and radiosensitization. Particularly, the research assistant will contribute to the discovery and translation of biological pathways to activate the immune system using radiation in combination with DNA repair drugs and immune checkpoint blockade.

Key Functions

The individual will work under the supervision of the principal investigators on experiments in radiation therapy radiobiology and immunology.
  1. Being able to work on a flexible schedule; working on weekends may be required if research projects dictate.
  1. Optional travel for periods of 2-4 weeks to perform research offsite.
  1. Performing in vitro laboratory experiments:
    1. Requires working at the laboratory bench, where standard protective clothing and safe procedures must be followed.
    2. Perform laboratory duties including, but not limited to, cell culture, clonogenic cell survival assays, western blotting, immunostaining, drug treatments.
    3. Able to prepare laboratory solutions.
    4. Participate in shared lab tasks, including monitoring areas for cleaning.
    5. Must keep an organized laboratory notebook and records.
    6. Must be able to perform basic analysis of experiments, including generation of figures.
  1. Record keeping and data collection:
    1. Maintains accurate, detailed records and experimental data and protocols.
    2. Prepares graphs, slides and tables via photography, computer, or manually.
    3. Able to work with database, graphing and word processing computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word, GraphPad.
    4. Able to work with image processing computer programs such as ImageJ.
    5. Communicates results to and understands instructions from principal investigators and colleagues. Fluent spoken and written English is essential.
    6. Discusses goals of each project with supervisors. With help of supervisors, develops a step-by-step written procedure outlining the specific actions required to conduct the experiment before proceeding.
    7. Participates in lab meetings and presents data when necessary.
  1. Laboratory safety/lab equipment maintenance:
    1. Demonstrates and practices lab safety precautions.
    2. Receives verbal and/or written instructions from principal investigators on standards and specialized lab safety procedures.
    3. Attends annual safety courses required by MDA and other agencies. Handles, stores, and disposes of chemically hazardous materials, and biohazardous materials in procedure specified to meet MDA safety guidelines.
    4. Follows manufacturer's guidelines regarding the handling and maintenance of all lab equipment. Will have working knowledge of equipment operation manuals and procedure manuals whenever necessary.

Marginal or Period Functions
  • Performs basic molecular analyses and other lab duties assigned by the supervisors.
  • Collects and organizes information for project reports.
  • Must possess the ability to be clearly understood by verbal communication in face-to-face encounters and by telephone, read printed and written data, assimilate pertinent information in order to communicate in written correspondence. Must be able to communicate well verbally and in writing. Must be able to understand verbal and written directions. Must be able to respond and assist other employees and visitors, as required.

: 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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