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Research Assistant II - Molecular and Cellular Oncology

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Apr 13, 2022

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The mission of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology (MCO) is to enable and apply basic research excellence to significantly contribute to ending cancer. The department's oncology-driven research focuses on fundamental mechanistic discoveries and their translation to humans. As a basic science department at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, MCO strives to enhance basic research excellence by establishing a strong research group focused on the molecular and cellular aspects of cancer research, particularly in signaling pathways and crosstalk between tumor and tumor microenvironment in tumor initiation, progression and metastasis, and resistance to various therapies. The Department's research interests include, but are not limited to: cancer cell signaling, metabolism, RNA biology, genetics and epigenetics, DNA damage and repairs, and structural biology. MCO hosts MD Anderson's Functional Genomics Core with the support of the Cancer Center Supporting Grant (CCSG).


Conduct Research Experiments and Projects
  • Conduct experiments and research projects in scientific research fields under the supervision of faculty, educational or classified research staff.
  • Maintain and expand the DNA and cell line bank.
  • Prepare reagent stocks as directed by supervisor and lab coworkers.
  • Order/Receive/Ship supplies.
  • Discuss goals of project with the supervisor or lab co-workers to plan and execute experiments during regular lab meetings.

Maintain Mouse Colonies
  • Proficient in breeding and maintaining genetically modified mice
  • Genotyping and maintaining records of breeding history
  • Perform injection techniques and to collect tissue and blood samples from mice.

Tissue Culture Techniques
  • Tissue culture techniques and ability to maintain, transfect and store cell lines under sterile and healthy conditions.

Operates Laboratory Apparatus and Equipment
  • Utilizes laboratory equipment to carry out experiments.

Data Gathering and Analysis
  • Record and evaluate data in accordance with methods requested.
  • Maintain mice colonies, keeping precise records through genotyping colonies by PCR and real-time qPCR.


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.

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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