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 2021-2022 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.
The mission of The University of Texas MD 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 Scientist position is to apply technical expertise and experience to coordinate, design, and carry out cancer research projects while following standard operating procedures for the laboratory.
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES
Personnel: Oversee workflow and lab productivity; provide and develop training; provide and receive feedback; ensure cultural continuity; lab specific on-boarding/orientation of new members; annual reviews of technical staff.
Scientific: Develop, modify and improve SOPs; provide training on specific techniques and advice on experimental design to junior lab members.
Operational: Maintain and improve operational service; equipment service orders; safety compliance; facilities service requisitions; ensures lab compliance with MDACC and accredited agency mandatory regulations/trainings.
Financial: coordinate with grants manager and PI to monitor/plan budget; order requisitions; inventory maintenance; budget integrity; negotiate with vendors.
Plans, coordinates, directs, and participates in scientific research projects with experiments to isolate and characterize human antibodies to generate CAR-NK and CAR-T cell receptors to be used against hematopoietic tumors.
Specific attention is given to understanding cellular mechanisms, such as protein/protein (antibodies, receptors, ligands, etc.) interactions, and how these mechanisms can be controlled and/or influenced to impart anti-tumor activity. Design and develop experiments or research to obtain desired results.
Prioritize and manage multiple experiments in a timely and resource-effective manner.
Utilize common research instruments and equipment competently and capably with little to no supervision.
Report research findings (oral and written) at internal, local and national meetings.
Prepare and submit research related abstracts and manuscripts for presentation and peer-reviewed publication.
Equipment, Supply Management & Laboratory Safety:
Select and purchase new equipment in consultation with other professional staff and maintain technical equipment for the laboratory.
Manage inventory of biologics and replenish them as needed.
Coordinate and share responsibilities of laboratory maintenance and operation issues with co-workers.
Assist assigned PI to ensure correct practice of laboratory safety as required under institutional guidelines, including but not limited to maintenance of safety manuals and performance of laboratory testing of equipment.
Maintains knowledge of all safety requirements.
Other duties as assigned
Education Required - Masters degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.
Experience Required - Four years of experience in experimental or scientific work. With PhD, no experience required. With Medical degree, two years of experience in experimental or scientific work.
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