Sr. Research Assistant - Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis

Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
July 08 2021
Ref
141428
Discipline
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital
This position is located at the MD Anderson Cancer Center,Texas Medical Center campus, in Houston, Texas.

Our research team explores mechanisms of DNA repair and the consequences for genome stability. We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior Research Assistant to join our laboratory in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis. DNA repair is a front-line defense against mutations that cause cancer, and the aim of many cancer therapies is to disable tumor DNA by using DNA-damaging treatments. Some experience with techniques in mammalian cell culture is desirable, together with an interest in helping with lab management.

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 research projects. Performs a series of experiments designed to supply specific information as a part of a larger project; an answer to questions in a limited field; or, in development of improved techniques, production methods or procedures 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. Responsible for planning and executing details of an experiment, including set up, timing (scheduled, staffed, planned), coordination of supplies and equipment at hand, functionality of equipment, trained personnel. Evaluate and interpret experimental results. Assemble, operate and troubleshoot equipment. Compile/prepare tables and charts. Assist with preparation of grant applications and progress reports.

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. Develop and revise protocols, procedures, and techniques. Introduce/implement new technology. Participate in troubleshooting and resolving problems.

Laboratory Organization
Supervise technicians and oversee their training. May oversee educational appointees in their work and assist them as assigned or delegated. Assess availability of supplies and advise/recommend purchasing as needed. Contribute to the laboratory; assess need for back-up and cover as necessary; cross-train. May have delegated signing authority on routine purchases. Perform other duties as assigned.

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. Experience with culture of mammalian cells, and measurements of viability is preferred.

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

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