Research Assistant II

Employer
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Aug 24, 2022

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Discipline
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital
SUMMARY

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the position is to provide aid in handling irradiation machines, perform dosimetric measurements, and 3D printing. The research projects involve investigation of the ultra-high dose rate (FLASH) response on normal and tumor tissues. Particularly, the successful applicant will contribute to the day-to-day operations of the linear accelerators capable of delivering ultra-high dose rates. The successful applicant will also provide responsible technical assistance in other research projects and assist in maintaining efficient functioning of the laboratory. Applicants who also have previous experience with cell and animal handling are preferred.
The position requires both scientific and technical background, independent decision making, judgment and organizational skills.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES
Research
Conducts experiments, performs laboratory techniques, manual dexterity needed
Expand knowledge of ongoing techniques in the laboratory and enhance proficiency in planning, executing, and troubleshooting these techniques.
Participate in adopting new technologies and methodswhile continuously increasing knowledge and skills to enhance lab research efforts.
Maintain assertiveness and flexibility in approaching new techniques and responsibilities; utilize good work habits and time management.
Maintain alertness and careful attention to avoid injury to self and others due to chemicals and hazardous materials in the laboratory.
Being able to work on a flexible schedule; working on weekends may be required if research projects dictate.

Laboratory Coordination
Receive verbal and/or written instructions from supervisor on standards and specialized lab safety procedures.
Attend annual safety courses required by MDA and other agencies.
Handle, store, and dispose of chemically hazardous materials and bio hazardous materials in procedure specified to meet MDA safety guidelines.
Follow manufacturer's guidelines regarding the handling and maintenance of all lab equipment.
Have working knowledge of equipment operation manuals and procedure manuals whenever necessary.
Monitor work flow as it pertains to the need for supplies, equipment maintenance, and preparing stock solutions.
Develop, record, and maintain a central repository of plasmids, bacteria, and adenovirus, using stocks developed by each lab member.

Data gathering and analysis

Maintain accurate, detailed records and experimental data and protocols.
Prepare graphs, slides and tables via photography, computer, or manually.
Able to work with database, graphing and word processing computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word, GraphPad.
Develop a step-by-step written procedure outlining the specific actions required to conduct the experiment before proceeding.
Discusses goals of each project with supervisors. With help of supervisors, develops a step-by-step written procedure outlining the specific actions required to conduct the experiment before proceeding.
Participates in lab meetings and presents data when necessary.

Education
Required:
Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.

Experience
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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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