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Research Assistant II - Yun Lab (Genetics)

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Aug 3, 2023

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The goal of the Jihye Yun Laboratory (Genetics Department) at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to identify dietary factors that can affect tumor development, and to understand the molecular basis for the interrelationship between diet, genes and colorectal cancer. To this end, we use various mouse models and ex vivo patient or mouse-derived organoids together with human cell lines and human biospecimen. Further, we employ an integrative and systematic '-omics' approach including metabolomics and next-generation sequencing to untangle the complex yet important relationship between diet and colorectal cancer. Ultimately, we aim to discover novel strategies to prevent and treat colon cancer, which will have a direct and important impact on public health.

We are looking to recruit researcherswho share our goal, vision, and passion for making cancer history. The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II is to perform technical laboratory duties and carry out projects together with lab members in accordance with our specific research, including mouse and tissue culture model systems. The ideal candidate will be willing to work with mice.

Yun Laboratory:

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is the best cancer hospital in the world according to U.S. News & World Report's 2022-23 (and previous years). The Genetics Department is a basic science department located in the George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building in the heart of the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center.


Coordinates and conducts experiments and carries out research projects in varied areas of mouse models, biochemistry, molecular biology, cancer biology, or related basic science areas. The following job functions are expected:

To perform Mouse-works
  • Requires maintaining and monitoring mouse colonies and performing basic procedures on mice.

To perform laboratory experiments together with other lab members
  • Conduct experiments and carry out research projects in varied areas.
  • Collect, organize and record the information for project reports, evaluate data by the methods requested, and maintain a complete and accurate inventory of samples.

To monitor and anticipate laboratory needs. Keep ample stock of supplies on hand.
  • Know the procedure for obtaining repair or maintenance for lab equipment.
  • Prepare stock solutions. Perform laboratory maintenance, such as cleaning.


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

Preferred: Master's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.


Required: One year of 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.


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 2023 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

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