Research Assistant II

Houston, Texas
June 29 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
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 the Research Assistant II position is to provide technical and coordination skills in carrying out various research projects. Coordinates and conducts experiments and carries out research projects. 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. Impacts laboratory research activities.


• About 50% of the individual's effort will be the oversight of the breeding, husbandry, weaning and general management of the laboratory's mouse colony.
• Need to have skills in collecting tail biopsies, extracting DNA and performing accurate PCR genotyping.
• Can accurately record phenotypic data which include, but are not limited to, weighing and describing tissues and tumors as part of necropsies, collecting blood samples, and administering medications or radiation therapy to animals.
• Will need to have strong organizational skills to maintain and keep track of transgenic and knockout mouse colonies, perform genotyping and phenotypic analysis of mouse phenotypes.
• Should have some special skills such as tumor xenografts, tail vein injection, intestinal crypt isolation, and necropsy are highly desirable.
• The other 50% of the individual's effort will be performing key experiments related to the analysis of hypoxia and growth factor signaling in cancer, diabetes and other human diseases. The project will involve the analysis of gene expression and proteomic changes in cells and tissues using various methods including, but not limited to, western blots, quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry, and gene expression profiling.
• Will utilize various basic molecular biology techniques including gene cloning, and single gene mutagenesis, cell culture experiments, transfection for gene knockdown or gene overexpression experiments.
• Maintain laboratory environment including ordering of supplies and organization of supplies and equipment
• Maintain clear and accurate records of laboratory data, both written and electronic, accessible at all times by the supervisor.
• Communicate effectively with supervisor through informal discussion on a daily basis, weekly one-on-one meeting, laboratory meetings, and department seminars.
• Collaborate and communicate effectively with other members in the lab.
• Sometime may need to serve as Lab Rep on department Lab Council by timely and consistent attendance at all meetings and communicating clearly all current and new policies, guidelines and information back to all lab staff.

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.

Preferred: Some prior experience with sterile techniques for cell culture experiments, molecular biology (western blotting, PCR, etc), and handling animals is preferred.

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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