Research Assistant II - Comparative Medicine

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Bastrop, Texas
Closing date
Mar 28, 2023

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This full-time, benefits eligible position is located at the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop, Texas.

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 Research Assistant II is to provide technical and coordination skills in carrying our various research projects in support of the SPF Baboon Research Resource (SPFBRR) program in the Department of Comparative Medicine. This position may be subject to working in biocontainment areas requiring compliance with specific protocols.


Research Support
Perform technical laboratory duties or experimental tasks to supply information as part of a research laboratory. Perform duties in accordance with general and/or specific plans. Assists in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols. Processes,
organizes and summarizes data, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms.
Preparation of tissues, cell cultures, and blood samples. Process samples for analysis utilizing bench top assays such as western blotting, PCR and other common research techniques. Perform basic laboratory techniques such as molecular cloning, expression of antigens in bacteria or insect cell cultures, antigen preparation, etc. Assist in general laboratory operation, ensures the laboratory is prepared for experiments, performs related laboratory maintenance such as maintaining and cleaning equipment and assisting with monitoring and stocking supplies, preparation of stock solutions and other reagents.
Collect and analyze data from experimental procedures and discuss results with the principal investigator. Document experimental results and maintain an organized laboratory notebook. Prepare materials for submission to granting agencies. May instruct other staff and students in basic laboratory techniques.

Expertise and Specialization
Apply basic background and experience in science to the application of laboratory techniques, using judgment, analysis and evaluation. Read literature and confer with supervisors regarding new procedures, and modify them according to the needs of the
project. Master complex skills and techniques used in the laboratory. Learn new skills or technology.

Laboratory Organization and Compliance
Coordinate procedures, assemble materials and contribute to the laboratory. Participate in ongoing learning and demonstrate application of it in carrying out assignments. Follow guidelines regarding order processing, handling of rush orders and special jobs. Interact with faculty and staff that access and support the SPF baboon program and other areas as necessary.

Other duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.
Preferred Education: Master's degree with major course work in one of the basic sciences or Medical degree.
Certification: None.
Preferred Certification: None
Experience: One year experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.
Preferred Experience: None.
Onsite Presence: Is Required.

Exposure to animals, Constant 67-100%
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue, Frequent 34-66%
Sedentary Environment, Frequent 34-66%
Outside Work, Occasionally 11-33%
Wearing Protective Equipment, Frequent 34-66%
Working At Heights, Occasionally 11-33%

Balancing, Frequent 34-66%
Bending/Stooping, Occasionally 11-33%
Carrying, Frequent 34-66%, 10-20 pounds
Climbing, Occasionally 11-33%
Depth Perception, Constant 67-100%
Driving, Occasionally 11-33%
Glare Sensitivity, Occasionally 11-33%
Handling, Occasionally 11-33%
Hearing Sensitivity, Frequent 34-66%
Keyboarding, Constant 67-100%
Lifting, Occasionally 11-33%, 10-20 pounds
Pushing/Pulling, Seldom 3-10%, 20-50 pounds
Reaching, Seldom 3-10%
Sitting, Constant 67-100%
Squatting, Seldom 3-10%
Standing, Occasionally 11-33%
Visual Acuity, Constant 67-100%
Visual Color Discrimination, Constant 67-100%

Analytical Ability
Appropriate Behavior
Critical Thinking
Following Instructions
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning
Oral Communication
Problem Solving
Reading Skills/Comprehension
Selective Attention
Working Alone
Written Communication

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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