Senior Research Assistant

Houston, Texas
October 22 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Key Functions
  1. Organizes and performs routine procedures involving molecular biology, tissue culture cell maintenance and storage and biochemistry of RNA, DNA and protein processing. Requires experience in tissue culture, DNA & RNA preparation and cloning, PCR, RT-PCR, protein cell lysate preparation, MTT, western blot, clonogenic assays and biochemistry assays. Responsible in communicating experimental design and results.
  2. Responsible for human sample collection, data entry/recording, and processing daily
  3. Performs and coordinates scientific experiments in a collaborative effort with other technicians, postdoctoral fellows, and staff members. Monitors workflow as it pertains to the need for supplies including ordering of all supplies, equipment maintenance and stock solutions
  4. Equipment monitoring on a daily basis verifying correct temperatures and maintenance of all freezers including liquid nitrogen tanks., refrigerators, incubators, etc. Performs preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment. Maintains all safety precautions and maintain lab safety records and assure that safety procedures are implemented by all lab personnel. Responsible for assigning Lab duties and general lab maintenance. Assumes responsibility for training lab personnel in routine safety practices.
  5. Assemble samples, reagents, dry or wet ice, data and packaging materials; draft a cover letter, accurately and legibly fill out shipping labels. Keep accurate legible logs of outgoing and incoming packages. Ship all Hazardous and Infectious Materials in accordance with USA and Institutional policy.
  6. Assists in Lab protocol management; MTAs and IBCs
  7. Computer skills: PowerPoint, Excel, Word
  8. Other duties as assigned by PI and/or department laboratory manager.

Required Education:

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

Required Experience:

Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, one year of required experience.

Preferred Experience/Skills:

RNA/DNA research, HPV determination, miRNA research, basic cellular and molecular biology skills, some lab 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.