The Immunology department at MD Anderson Cancer Center seeks to determine the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms of a wide range of processes by which the body recognizes and eliminates pathogens and use these findings to unleash the patient's own immune system against previously treatment-resistant cancers. Treating the immune system rather than the cancer itself, the therapeutics developed are applicable to many cancers. Immunology KEY FUNCTIONS Flow Cytometry
- Handles all cytometry-related inquiries for IMT including flow cytometry and mass cytometry.
- Mentors IMT Flow coordinators concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques.
- Working with Scientific manager and Scientists on CyTOF and flow cytometry panel design, panel testing, data analysis, and presentation.
- Work with service contractors for maintenance of Flow cytometers, Sorters and CyTOF instruments.
- Responsible for ensuring quality control, critically thinking through problems/potential issues and takes initiatives to resolve with minimal direction.
- Assess new tools for analysis of CyTOF and Flow cytometry data from commercial and academic sources, optimizing and guiding IMT Scientists with the new tools.
- Acts as a resource person in decision making process.
- Attends training and team meetings as required.
- Keeps abreast of new developments and recent publications in the field of Cytometry.
- Experience with cell sorting for RNA based assays will be given preference.
- Maintains accurate, detailed records and experimental data and protocols.
- Prepares graphs, slides and tables via photography, computer, or manually.
- Able to work with database, graphing and word processing computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
- Communicates results to and understand instructions from principal investigator and colleagues.
- Discusses goals of each project with supervisor.
- Confers with supervisor regarding new procedures and modifies them according to the needs of the project.
- Participates in lab meetings and presents data where necessary.
- Demonstrates and practices lab safety precautions.
- Receives verbal and/or written instructions from principal investigator on standards and specialized lab safety procedures.
- Attends annual safety courses required by MDA and other agencies. Handles, stores, and disposes of radioactive isotopes, chemically hazardous materials, and biohazardous materials in procedure specified to meet MDA safety guidelines.
- Follows manufacturer's guidelines regarding the handling and maintenance of all lab equipment. Will have working knowledge of equipment operation manuals and procedure manuals whenever necessary.
- Responsible for ordering reagents and materials when needed.
- Maintains good working relationship with other lab members.
- Explains to staff members the scientific protocols currently being employed in the laboratory.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required: Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field.
Preferred: Master's degree in biological sciences or related field.Experience
Required: Five years of experience in scientific or experimental research work to include two years of flow cytometry experience. With preferred degree, three years of required experience to include two years of flow cytometry experience.
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