Research Assistant II -Molecular Biology

Houston, Texas
October 01 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.
The primary purpose of the Research Assistant-II is to provide technical assistance in carrying out various research projects. The scope of the position is to carry out laboratory research projects by applying technical expertise and experience to plan, coordinate, and carry out research projects in accordance with general and/or specific plans of the research.

**Ideal candidates will have animal studies experience**

Key Functions
  • Conduct experiments in the area of molecular biology and cellular biology of cancer after discussing the goals of each project and receiving verbal and/or written instruction from the supervisor on how to conduct the experiments prior to proceeding.
  • Detailed record keeping of experiments and samples is required to assure reproducibility of data.
  • Perform animal studies to investigate the effect of drug targeting on tumor formation, will require handling mice, maintaining mice, dissections, and performing molecular and histological analyses on the tissues excised from mice.
  • Maintain stock breast cancer cell lines by growing, expanding, and freezing cells using sterile technique.
  • Isolate DNA, RNA, and proteins and quantify using standard molecular methods.
  • Discuss results of experiments immediately after completion to ensure accuracy and comparability with previous results of similar experiments.
  • Maintain lab functions, which includes keeping ample stock of supplies, ordering supplies, following up on orders to ensure organization and accessibility of all reagents.
  • Maintain an excellent working knowledge of all basic laboratory equipment and apparatus.

Other duties as assigned.

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

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

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

Experience Preferred:
Animal studies (mice) experience
Molecular biology 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.