Senior Research Assistant - Endocrine Neoplasia

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Oct 12, 2022

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Health Sciences
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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 Senior Research Assistant position is to provide assistance, oversight, and special training to less experienced staff in a research environment. The person is also responsible for a series of experiments designed to supply specific information as part of the larger basic research projects. The position contributes to the development of improved techniques, production methods, and/or procedures. Conducts extensive research using complex animal imaging technology.


Caring: By our words and actions we demonstrate caring toward everyone.
  • We are sensitive to the concerns of our patients, their loved ones and our colleagues.
  • We are respectful and courteous to each other and practice cultural humility.
  • We promote and reward teamwork and inclusion.

Integrity: We work together with professionalism to merit the trust of our colleagues and those we serve in all that we do.
  • We hold ourselves, and each other, accountable for our work - decisions and data - and for practicing our values and ethics.
  • We advocate for diversity and equity for our workforce, for those we serve and for our community.
  • We communicate frequently, honestly, openly and responsibly.

Discovery: We embrace creativity and seek new knowledge from diverse perspectives.
  • We encourage continuous learning, seeking out information and new ideas.
  • We team with each other to identify and resolve problems.
  • We seek personal growth and enable others to do so.

Safety: We provide a safe environment - physically and psychologically - for our patients, for our colleagues and for our community.
  • We create a sense of security and empowerment and are committed to keeping one another free from harm.
  • We embrace a framework and best practices for the highest quality of care and service.
  • We inspire trust by modeling excellence in our work and acceptance of each person's contributions.

Stewardship: We protect and preserve our institutional reputation and the precious resources - people, time, financial and environmental - entrusted to us.
  • We prioritize the health and well-being of each other.
  • We act responsibly to safeguard the institution's finances.
  • We ensure the proper care and use of time, data, materials, equipment and property afforded to us.


  1. Oversee designated aspects in a basic research environment (50%)

The senior research assistant will help the laboratory focused on studying bone metastases. The primary responsibilities will include maintaining mouse colony, performing and assisting with various procedures in mice such as drug treatments, minor survival surgeries, tumor inoculation and tissue collection. Animal work includes the following:

  • Requires significant prior experience in working with mouse models.
  • Proficient in mouse colony maintenance, breeding, weaning, genotyping and euthanasia according to IACUC/NIH regulations.
  • Perform drug administration in mice models.
  • Perform ovariectomy and orchiectomy surgeries, subcutaneous inoculation of tumor, tumor removal and subcutaneous implantation of minipumps.
  • Perform or willing to be trained in intratibial and intracardiac tumor inoculation.
  • Assist the principal investigator in animal imaging techniques including micro-CT, X-ray and DXA. Training will be provided.

  1. Record keeping and Laboratory research (30%)
  • Accurate maintenance of up-to-date animal inventory. Assist with preparation of any reports as needed.
  • Regular communication with the supervisor on the state of animal maintenance.
  • Perform minimal standard molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR and gel electrophoresis.
  • Assist in tissue collection for histology and molecular biology analysis.
  • Provide help in maintaining surgical records, ensure the availability of surgical tools, sutures, anesthetic agents etc.
  • Order primers and reagents needed for genotyping in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to assess proper functioning of related laboratory equipment and notify supervisor of any issues.

  1. Additional Laboratory responsibilities (10%)
  • May supervise, train and coordinate activities of less experienced laboratory staff.
  • Provide technical expertise and suggestion in the design, development and implementation of projects.
  • Willing to learn new techniques and responsible for acquiring continuing education in the various technologies involved in the laboratory research by reading literature and communicating with other industry and lab personnel.

  1. Other duties as assigned (10%)


Analytical Thinking - Gather relevant information systematically; break down problems into simple components; make sound decisions.

Innovative Thinking - Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

Equipment Usage and Safety Preparedness - Employee maintains expectations for safety preparedness, including but not limited to: Orientation to new equipment, Employee Education Event, CPR training, fire drills.

Team with Others - Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; encourage collaboration and input from all team members; value the contributions of all team members; balance individual and team goals.

Technical/Functional Expertise - Demonstrate technical proficiency required to do the job; possess up-to-date knowledge in the profession; provide technical expertise to others.

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)


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

Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree

Certification: None

Preferred Certification: N/A

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

Preferred Experience: Significant experience in working with mouse models and colony maintenance

Onsite Presence: Is Required

Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field. Master's Level Degree preferred. Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, one year of required experience 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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