Research Assistant II - Mouse Handling

Houston, Texas
July 26 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
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 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.


Mouse work

• Manage rodent breeding colonies including mating breeders, checking pregnancy, recording litters, monitoring pups development, identifying pups for genotyping, and weaning.

• Observe health conditions and clinical signs in animals.

• Dose and inject animal via PO/IV/IP/IM/SC route.

• Collect tissues for hematology and genotyping assays.

• Support in vivo experiments per project protocols.

• Report animal status and issues twice a week.

• Monitors inventories of consumable common supplies in animal lab to ensure continuity procedures.

• Perform tasks associated with lab functions including calibrating, maintaining, troubleshooting.

• Keep open communication with supervisor, project PIs and other personnel between animal lab and bio-Lab within the team to update status and issues.

• Create and manage animal lab research folders, files, and documents.

• Enter data into spreadsheets or database, make animal inventories, and generate reports.

• Recommends replacement or purchase of new equipment.

Molecular Techniques

Isolates, purifies and analyzes, RNA, DNA and protein including hybridization, gel electrophoresis autoradiography, ECL staining, performing PCR reactions, quantitative RT-PCR assay, DNA sequencing and assays for signal transducing enzymes.

Laboratory Equipment and Maintenance

• Performs routine maintenance of ultra-low freezers, liquid nitrogen, C02 and water levels. Should be able to maintain equipment such as high-speed centrifuges, pH meters and microfuges.

• Manually operates and maintains the lab equipment. Visually reads equipment operation manuals and procedure manual whenever necessary. Must be able to lift and carry items up to 20-25 pounds and carry or move from one area of the lab to another by using a roller cart. Must be able to comply with all institutional safety policies including Universal Precautions and OSHA standards when handling toxic, hazardous, flammable, radioactive or potentially infectious or carcinogenic materials. This may require wearing common protective garments or equipment such as gloves, eye protection, face mask, gown or lab coat, etc. Additionally, some procedures may require the use of a fume hood or biological safety cabinet.


Required: Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.

Preferred: Master's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.


Required: Two years experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.

Preferred: Mouse handling 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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