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Research Assistant I

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
May 20, 2022

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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.


The primary purpose of the Research Assistant I position is to provide technical and coordination skills in carrying out various research projects. Coordinates and conducts in vivo mice experiments and maintain breeding colonies. Constructs, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment. Reads literature and confers with superiors regarding new procedures and modifies them according to the needs of the project. Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested.


Caring Behaviors

• Courtesy: Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times
• Friendliness/Teamwork: Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; Is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers

Integrity Behaviors

• Reliability: Communicates frequently, honestly and openly
• Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values
• Safety: Notices a safety concern and brings it to someone's attention; Models safe behaviors (wears badge, washes hands, keeps work area clean and orderly)

Discovery Behaviors

• Responsiveness: By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust; Encourages learning, creativity and new ideas
• Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative: Helps others to identify and solve problems; Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so


• Be able to maintain and breed mice colonies.
• Assists with activities involving in vivo work with mice involving radiotherapy and immunotherapy.
• Collects and processes biological specimens (tissue).
• Maintains accurate and timely records to include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research projects.
• Monitors laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory and high quality of reagents to support research projects.
• Plan and perform experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results.
• Assist in experiments that require knowledge of molecular biology, cell-based assays, and tissue culture techniques.
• Maintain accurate, detailed records of the protocols and experimental data, including mouse record and data. Compile, write, and submit work reports to the supervisor.
• Organize and develop training to ensure that lab members have current knowledge of specialized animal procedures.
• Help orient and train new staff or students
• Other duties may also be assigned


• IC - Listen to Others:
o Listen to feedback and input carefully
o Demonstrate attention to others
o Acknowledge and listen to differing perspective
• IC - Oral Communication:
o Express ideas clearly and concisely
o Create environment with open communication
• IC - Written Communication:
o Convey information clearly and concisely through documentation
o Adapt writing style to fit the audience
• IC - Technical/Functional Expertise:
o Demonstrate technical proficiency
o Possess up-to-date knowledge
o Provide technical expertise
• TC - Equipment Usage & Safety Preparedness:
o Maintains expectation for safety preparedness
o Orientation of new equipment


Laboratory environment and animal facilities.


Required: Bachelor's degree with major course work on one of the basic sciences.


Required: No experience.

Preferred: BS degree with at least two years of experience in handling and working with mice.

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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