Research Assistant I

Houston, Texas
July 30 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 I position is to demonstrate technical skills tending animal studies and performing biological assays in cell cultures while following the laboratory standard operating procedures.

Lab Duties Monitor mice and administrate drugs to mice via gavage or IP route in the animal facility; Assist students and postdocs for animal surgery and breeding; Carry out tissue culture and bacterial culture; Prepare reagents and restock consumables; Perform biochemical experiments such as Western blots; Participate and help other lab members with ongoing projects in the lab; Compile and analyze data; Present organized data to manager for discussion; Use the word, excel, PowerPoint, graphic and statistical programs to create charts, posters and reports of the results; Communicate with vendors to discuss products and purchase related issues; Help organize lab events such as lab meetings and seminars; Diligence, willingness to learn and to help others in the implementation of new techniques.

Lab Equipment & Storage Maintains lab equipment in clean, working order within all possible limitations, and keeps up-to-date contact record information for service technicians in the event any machines are not calibrated or functioning properly. Organizes storage of lab equipment/consumables to best optimize space efficiency and overall laboratory safety.

Collaboration & Record-Keeping Works in a collaborative and supportive manner with users of the lab. Is always focused on the tasks required and exhibits meticulous work habits. Records and evaluates data in accordance with routine data management in the laboratory. Keeps an updated lab notebook, maintains and follows recorded protocols for each individual project. Keeps data well organized and easily accessible.

Research Assistant I Tissue Culture, General Molecular Biology techniques such as plasmid extraction, Western Blot, PCR. Experienced within Vivo experiments is preferred (mouse handling, intraperitoneal injection, tail snip, and genotyping)

Other duties as assigned:

Help to keep the lab supplies organized

Assist other lab members with preparation of stock reagents (Dilute Ethanol, aliquot FBS, and other tissue culture reagents)

Bachelor's degree, major course work in one of the basic sciences. No 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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