Sr Research Assistant - Genomic Medicine

Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
October 22 2021
Ref
144397
Discipline
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital
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.

Summary

We are seeking a well-organized, highly motivated professional to support the research Cancer Genomics Laboratory to support the high throughput sequencing pipeline for Moon Shots projects. The successful candidate will use cutting-edge technologies and machinery for cancer cell genome characterization and will have solid molecular Biology experience and demonstrate solid experience with LIMS system.

Key Functions
  1. Lead execution of DNA/RNA sequencing, array-CGH, EA and genotyping experiments in a timely fashion.
  2. A strong understanding of all areas of Next Generation Sequencing including but not limited to sample preparation from difficult analytes, sample QC-ing, sample clustering on the cBot and operation of the illumina's NGS machines.
  3. Design target enrichment including SureSelect, ChIP, and other technologies. Adapt to new technologies and find solutions to related academic programs.
  4. Reads literature and confers with superiors regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the project.
  5. Ability to search and review the scientific literature for the purpose of developing SOP's
  6. Proficiently use standard MS office products and willing to learn the LIMS systems develop/employed by the laboratory.
  7. Timely laboratory sample tracking with required documents. Overall QA right along data generation pipeline. Generate standard operating procedures.
  8. Provides supervision, special training to technical personnel and/or highly technical work in medical and related research projects.
  9. Other duties as assigned.


Core Competencies
  • IC - Coach & Develop:
    • Assess strengths and development needs of employees;
    • Provide challenging development opportunities; and
    • Provide relevant, timely feedback; mentor others.
  • IC - Build Relationships:
    • Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and
    • Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.
  • IC - Provide Direction:
    • Provide clear direction and priorities toward a common vision;
    • Clarify roles and responsibilities for employees; and
    • Promote empowerment.


Ideal candidate:
  • Master's degree with major course works in genetics or genomics.
  • Computer experience working with large data sets.
  • Must be highly motivated, reliable, responsible, well organized and a careful record keeper with good attention to details.
  • Excellent communication skills are required as well as the ability to work well in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment.

Working Conditions

This position requires :

Yes

No

Working in Office Environment

X

Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic)

X

Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues

X

Exposure to harmful chemicals

X

Exposure to radiation

X

Physical Demands

Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:

Time Spent

Never

0%

Occasionally

1-33%

Frequently

34-66%

Continuously

67-100%

Standing

X

Walking

X

Sitting

X

Reaching

X

Lifting/Carrying

Up to 10 lbs

X

10lbs to 50 lbs

X

More than 50 lbs

X

Pushing/Pulling

Up to 10 lbs

X

10lbs to 50 lbs

X

More than 50 lbs

X

Use computer/keyboard

X

EDUCATION:
Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

Preferred: Master's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

EXPERIENCE:
Required: Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, one year of required 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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html