Research Assistant II (Animal Handling)

Houston, Texas
September 21 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.

**** Biospecimen processing, animal handling, strong organizational skills****


• Assists principal investigator with scientific research projects focused on understanding the function of specific genes and how they relate to etiology of head and neck cancer using human tissue samples, cell lines and mouse models.
• Functions, under supervision, in the design and initiation of research experiments. These experiments include, but are not limited to, assessment of tumorigenesis in in vitro and in vivo systems (cell culture and in mice) and behavior in mice, performing breeding and genotyping in mice, tracking tumor phenotypes and behavior patterns following protocols using Western blotting, RT-PCR, histologic analyses including immunohistochemistry, gene expression, and other approaches.

Biospecimen Repositon

• Assist in processing of biospecimens including blood and tissue samples
• Organize and manage biospecimen repository

• Assists in training and research work activity for assigned laboratory and research personnel.
• Supervises general laboratory management including the use of laboratory equipment and implements safety procedures. Assists with basic laboratory techniques and in preparation of media solutions, buffers and reagents

General and Miscellaneous Laboratory Duties
Must be willing and able to learn and conduct additional methods and techniques when necessary. If necessary, be able to keep flexible working hours and to learn proper procedures to operate various types of equipment associated with these experiments.

Education Requirements:

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

Experience Requirements:

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

Preferred Skills:
Computer skills/database management, biospecimen processing , animal handling, strong organizational skills, problem solving skills, independent thinker

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.