Research Assistant II - Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis (Cell Culture, Molecular Biology, B

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Jul 10, 2022

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Health Sciences
Organization Type
The Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis is an interdisciplinary, basic science research department that conducts groundbreaking research aimed at defining the mechanisms controlling normal cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, and survival as well as mechanisms controlling genome maintenance to identify the aberrations in these processes that drive cancer.

Epigenetics & Molecular Carcinogenesis

The Epigenomics Profiling Core actively participates in and contributes to the growing epigenetics community at MD Anderson and across the Texas Medical Center by providing services to analyze epigenetic alterations and chromatin accessibility. Our current services are focused on DNA methylation analysis, ATAC-seq, and high-throughput chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP).


Research Support
  • Perform technical laboratory duties or experimental tasks to supply information as part of a research service Core laboratory.
  • Perform duties in accordance with general and/or specific plans.
  • Assists in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols.
  • Processes, organizes and summarizes data, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms.
  • Preparation of tissues, cell cultures, blood samples, and perform other laboratory duties, such as the handling of laboratory animals.
  • Assist in general laboratory operation, ensures the laboratory is prepared for experiments, performs related laboratory maintenance such as maintaining and cleaning equipment and assisting with monitoring and stocking supplies, preparation of stock solutions and other reagents.
  • Collect and analyze data from experimental procedures and discuss results with the principal investigator.
  • Document experimental results and maintain an organized laboratory notebook.
  • Prepare materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations.
  • May instruct other staff and students in basic laboratory techniques.

Expertise and Specialization
  • Apply basic background and experience in science to the application of laboratory techniques, using judgment, analysis and evaluation.
  • Read literature and confer with superiors regarding new procedures, and modify them according to the needs of the project.
  • Master complex skills and techniques used in the Core laboratory.
  • Learn new skills or technology.

Laboratory Organization
  • Coordinate procedures, assemble materials and contribute to the Core laboratory.
  • Participate in ongoing learning and demonstrate application of it in carrying out assignments.
  • Follow Core guidelines regarding order processing, handling of rush orders and special jobs.
  • Alert superiors to problems with orders or with the queue.
  • Interact with client user groups and alert superiors to problems/concerns.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


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.

Preferred: Two years of experience in an academic or other laboratory setting. Experience with cell culture and routine molecular biology and biochemistry techniques. Good communication skills.

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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