Senior Research Assistant - Genetics (Demultiplexing, Coding)

Houston, Texas
November 03 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
The Genetics department is a basic science department located in the George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building at the world-renowned University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. The focus is on advancing knowledge of the molecular genetic mechanisms that regulate normal and abnormal cellular processes.

The primary purpose of the Senior Research Assistant position is to provide technical assistance in carrying out research projects in the institution's Advanced Technology Genomics Core.

The ideal candidate will have extensive molecular Biology experience, experience with high-throughput next-generation sequencing library preparation, computer experience with Laboratory Information Management systems, and excellent communication and customer service skills.

Key Functions

Expertise and Specialization
  • Apply molecular biology skills to perform Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) library preparation in the facility's NGS service.
  • Maintain detailed and well-organized records of protocols performed and results obtained.

Equipment Operation and Maintenance
  • Operate NGS bench-top and high-throughput sequencers.
  • Perform instrument maintenance as scheduled and troubleshoot as required.
  • Perform pipeline analysis and distribute data.

Customer Service (Service Cores)
  • Follow Core guidelines regarding order processing.
  • Interact with client user groups and alert supervisor to problems/concerns.
  • Excellent customer service skills are essential.

Other Duties
  • Cross-train in other ATGC services and serve as a service backup as required.


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.


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

Preferred: Data demultiplexing and code writing.

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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