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Research Assistant II - Genetics

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Jul 1, 2022

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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 responsibility of the Research Assistant II is to perform technical laboratory duties and carry out projects in accordance with our specific research. We will use mouse and tissue culture model systems.

Key Functions
  • Coordinate and conduct experiments and carries out research projects in varied areas of mouse models, biochemistry, molecular biology, cancer biology, or related basic science areas.
  • Construct, assemble, and operate laboratory apparatus and equipment.
  • Read literature and confers with colleagues regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the project.
  • Record, process and evaluate data obtained in accordance with methods requested.
  • The following job functions are expected:
    • Tissue Culture
      • Requires a willingness to learn and perform basic tissue culture techniques.
      • Maintain and establish tissue culture cell lines, which requires good sterile technique.
    • Mouse Work
      • Requires organizing, handling, monitoring and performing basic, non-invasive procedures on mice.
    • Perform routine laboratory procedures.
    • Conduct experiments and carry out research projects in varied areas.
    • Learn to operate laboratory equipment and apparatus and perform routine operator maintenance.
    • Maintain good, detailed experimental records.
    • Collect and organize information for project reports, evaluate data in accordance with methods requested, maintain a complete and accurate inventory of samples.
    • Monitor and anticipate laboratory needs.
    • Keep ample stock of supplies on hand.
    • Know the procedure for obtaining repair or maintenance for lab equipment.
    • Prepare stock solutions.
    • Perform laboratory maintenance, such as cleaning.
    • Work closely with other staff members.


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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