Senior Research Assistant - Cancer Biology (Schlacher Laboratory)

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Dec 9, 2023

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The Cancer Biology department has a long history of being a leader in the field of basic and translational cancer biology research. The department emphasizes the training of students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows in the fundamentals of tumor biology to improve the outcomes of patients with malignancies. The department has built a program with close ties to many clinical departments to facilitate information exchange between the laboratory and the clinic. As such, faculty in the department are investigators on NIH funded collaborative cancer biology research grants. In addition, there are several physician-scientists who have joint appointments in Cancer Biology, facilitating the exchange of clinically-relevant information between the laboratory and the clinic.

Cancer Biology Department

Our laboratory studies molecular mechanisms of genome instability using molecular and exciting novel mouse models for analysis and prediction of disease development and testing of targeted therapy strategies. An example of our mouse models can be seen here . The primary purpose of the Senior Research Assistant is to breed and maintain mouse colonies, perform and assist with animal studies including but not limited to blood draw, drug and/or cell injections, anatomical measurements, tissue harvesting and processing downstream. Proficiency with standard molecular techniques and tissue cell culture preferred. Understanding of hematological or metabolic disorders and cancer a plus, albeit animal experience in all areas welcomed. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining animal safety standards and protocols, as well as for training other personnel in animal techniques. The position requires independent decision-making, judgment and excellent organizational skills, and most of all, a desire and willingness to continue to learn new skills and techniques for this preferably long-term position.


Laboratory and Animal Studies
  • Generally, aid and support the PI in all their research and laboratory efforts.
  • Performing and assisting in animal experiments (breeding, weening, genotyping, bleeding, tissue harvesting, injections, downstream processing and analysis).
  • Performs animal maintenance (safety protocols and standards, record-keeping of animal inventory).
  • Is able to train new members of the laboratory in animal techniques.
  • Standard molecular techniques and may perform tissue culture
  • Excitement to proactively learn new techniques and science
  • Other duties as required.


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

Preferred: Master's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.


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

Preferred: Mouse Handling 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.


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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