Research Investigator

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Dec 8, 2022

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Health Sciences
Organization Type
Laboratory Research
  • Exercises considerable imagination, initiative, and inventiveness in planning and executing the details of experiments, and in evaluating and interpreting the results both independently and under supervision.
  • Have cancer biology background and experience in cell biology, molecular biology and protein biochemistry techniques for cell and tissue samples.
  • Supports in vitro cell experiments and in vivo animal models of cancer.
  • Knowledge in the following procedures are required:
    • Microscopy (confocal and/or epifluorescence)
    • Animal handling, surgery, injection (treatment and tumor implantation) and tissue/organ isolation
    • Flow cytometry (FACS) and analysis
    • Immunofluorescence
    • Protein biochemistry (immunoblotting, co-immunoprecipitation, protein purification)
    • Cell/tissue culture and cryostorage
    • Histological procedures (e.g., fixation, slicing, staining, sample storage) and Immunohistochemistry
  • Experience with the following is preferred:
    • Breeding of genetic mouse models of cancer
    • Orthotopic and subcutaneous animal models of breast and pancreatic cancer
    • Basic tumor immunology assays

Data Analysis and Presentation of Research
  • Responsible for assisting Faculty and the research staff with data analysis and data interpretation
  • Submitting and presenting (orally or posters) the research at conferences, departmental and lab meetings
  • Contribute to the preparation of grants, proposals, analytical reports, and manuscripts for publication of data
  • Must be able to communicate results and understand instructions from the PI and research staff.
  • Clear and accurate communication in written and oral English
  • A willingness to cooperate with other staff, students, fellows and visitors is essential.

Laboratory Training and Management
  • Assist with supervising and training of research assistants, students, fellows and visitors
  • Assist in lab managing lab records and inventories
  • Assists in ordering of material for the laboratory
  • Must work with other lab members to ensure the consistent flow of work, necessary materials and reagents
  • Must be able to learn and/or establish novel techniques and protocols for new research lines; provide progress reports in an organized, consistent manner

Other duties as assigned

Required Education:

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

Required Experience:

Five years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, three years of required experience.

Preferred Experience/Skills:

Experience with basic molecular biology and cell biology techniques, experience with mouse models of cancer, breeding of genetic mouse models, orthotopic and subcutaneous models of breast and pancreatic cancer. good communication skills in written and oral English, experience in writing abstracts, manuscripts or grants.

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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