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Research Assistant I - Cancer Biology (Mouse Handling)

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Mar 4, 2022

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The Cancer Biology department has a long history of being a leader in the field of basic and translational cancer biology research. The department emphasizes the training of students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows in the fundamentals of tumor biology to improve the outcomes of patients with malignancies. The department has built a program with close ties to many clinical departments to facilitate information exchange between the laboratory and the clinic. As such, faculty in the department are investigators on NIH funded collaborative cancer biology research grants. In addition, there are several physician-scientists who have joint appointments in Cancer Biology, facilitating the exchange of clinically-relevant information between the laboratory and the clinic.

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant I is to coordinate and conduct experiments and carry out research projects in varied areas of chemistry, biology, physics and other biomedical or related basic science areas. Construct, assemble and operate laboratory apparatus and equipment. Read literature and confer with superiors regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the project. Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested.

Key Functions

Will be trained and expected to perform any the following techniques:
  • Mice colony handling, maintenance, biopsies, genotyping, skin surgery, and related tasks.
    • Assist day-to-day operation of the laboratory.
      • Reviews and makes recommendations for purchasing based on anticipated work-load.
      • Lab purchasing and vendor communications.
      • Upkeep and oversee the usage and repair of laboratory equipment.
      • Responsible for lab compliance, including but not limited to Environmental Health and Safety and HIPPA compliance
  • Depending on interest and lab needs, may perform and be trained in one or some of the following techniques: human and mouse tissue culture; immunofluorescence staining and fluorescence microscopy; fluorescent activated cell sorting; basic molecular biology techniques (RNA, DNA and protein) including Western blotting and PCR.


Required: Bachelor's degree, major course work in one of the basic sciences.


Required: None.

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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