Sr Research Assistant - Genotyping

Employer
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jul 8, 2022

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Discipline
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital
MISSION STATEMENT
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.

SUMMARY

The primary purpose of the Senior Research Assistant position is to provide supervision, special training to technical personnel and/or highly technical work in medical and related research projects. This job will provide ample experience in genomics/epigenomics research involving human patient samples and genetically engineered animal models as well as lab management. This job will provide an opportunity for career growth with the expectation of transitioning into a key member of the lab responsible for technical operations in the lab.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES
•Coordinates and conducts molecular biology experiments exercising considerable imagination, initiative and inventiveness in the details of experiments and interpreting the results.
•Responsible for major participating in the development and optimization of techniques.
•Responsible for partial lab management duties.
•Helps with mouse genotyping.
•Responsible for zebrafish colony management.
•Compiles, writes, and submits reports to superior as directed and assigned.
•Supervises and instructs students, technicians and other staff members in their work and assists them as assigned or delegated.
•Assists the principal investigator and senior research staff with scientific business on a daily basis to include: write and edit manuscripts, abstracts, protocols (animal and laboratory), and grants; compile, write, and submit reports to the principal investigator,; prepare and present data for publication or scientific meetings; and, obtain and distribute pertinent research materials/data.
•Contributes to project team.

•Employ safe laboratory practices.

•Maintain research records and laboratory notes.
•Ability to analyze, interpret and present data at laboratory and departmental meetings.
•Interacts closely with other research staff across institutional functional teams.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

COMPETENCIES

With Inclusion, you understand that your ideas and contributions are valued. You promote the same for others. You address your own biases while promoting diversity and equity. (Competencies: Cultural Humility, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Intelligence)

With Drive, you see that you can serve as a leader whether you have a formal leadership role or not. You tackle problems, move past setbacks and hardships, and don't lose sight of your goals. (Competencies: Self-Confidence, Analytical Thinking, Innovative Thinking, Technical Expertise)

You demonstrate Professionalism by setting the example for others and consistently modeling MD Anderson's values and service standards. You communicate effectively in a variety of ways. (Competencies: Inspire Trust, Oral Communication, Written Communication)

Through Emotional Intelligence, you maintain awareness of your own emotions and the emotions of those around you. Use nonverbal cues and feelings to engage others in an inclusive and responsive way. (Competencies: Active Listening, Teaming, Self-Reflection)

Having Coachability means you are engaged in relentless learning. You constantly ask questions and stay curious. You understand that the organization constantly evolves, and you should as well. (Competencies: Develop Oneself, Adaptability)

Ideal candidate:
• Prior experience with lab organization and management.
• Experience with animal handling and genotyping.
• Experience with genomics techniques.
• Must be highly motivated, reliable, responsible, well organized and a careful record keeper with good attention to details.
• Excellent communication skills are required as well as the ability to work well in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment.

Onsite Presence: Is Required

WORKING CONDITIONS

Frequency

Exposure to animals
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue
Exposure to Radiation
Deadlines
Wearing Protective Equipment
Traveling

Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%
Occasionally 11-33%

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Frequency

Weight

Standing
Walking
Sitting
Reaching
Lifting
Pushing/Pulling
Keyboarding
Wrist Motion
Neck Movements
Hearing Sensitivity
Visual Acuity
Fine finger movement

Frequent 34-66%
Occasionally 11-33%
Frequent 34-66%
Occasionally 11-33%
Occasionally 11-33%
Occasionally 11-33%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%

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10-20 lbs
10-20 lbs
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COGNITIVE DEMANDS

Analytical Ability
Attention to detail
Interpersonal Skills
Oral Communication
Appropriate Behavior
Comprehending
Creativity
Critical Thinking
Following Instructions
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning
Multitasking
Problem Solving
Reading Skills/Comprehension
Written Communication

EDUCATION:
Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

EXPERIENCE:
Required: Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, one year of required experience.

Ideal candidate:
• Prior experience with lab organization and management.
• Experience with animal handling and genotyping.
• Experience with genomics techniques.
• Must be highly motivated, reliable, responsible, well organized and a careful record keeper with good attention to details.
• Excellent communication skills are required as well as the ability to work well in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment.

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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