Senior Research Assistant - GI Med Oncology - Research

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Dec 19, 2023

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Senior Research Assistant (Mouse Handling)


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 Senior Research Assistant position is to conduct research in cancer biology of esophageal adenocarcinomas. In particular work will focus upon the exploration of the molecular characteristics of esophageal cancer and will focus upon characterization and treatment of PDXs. Mechanisms of treatment response and resistance. Research focus would also be in understanding the immune related aspects of esophageal cancer and to study the pathways involved in immune cells/tumor interaction, and immune checkpoint therapy. Projects will include the use of primary and xenograft tumors and cell lines cultures, genome wide molecular analyses, and animal work.


Animal Work Effort 50%

• Manage mouse colony under minimal supervision.

• Perform survival surgeries for implantation of patient derived tumor fragments (PDX) and cell lines.

• Hands-on experience of drug dosing techniques (such as oral gavage, IP and SQ) are required.

• Measure tumor response via caliper and non-invasive imaging methods.

• Analyze the outcome of efficacy studies.

• Perform non-survival animal surgeries for collection of specimens for molecular characterization and ex vivo treatment. Previous experience with necropsy and mouse tissue (blood, bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes) collection are required.

• Extract immune cells from human tumor and mouse tissue (bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes).

Record Keeping Effort 20%

• Maintain accurate, detailed records of mice colony (including growing PDX models).

• Ensure that data is entered in a timely manner.

• Ensure that the correct animal identification (ear tags) is placed on animals. Reporting any discrepancies to the supervisor is strongly advised.

• Ensure that all collected tissue samples are properly labeled and deposited to the storage.

• Ensure that data is entered in a timely manner.

• Analyze and plot experimental data under minimal supervision. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Adobe Photoshop is required.

Communications Effort 10%

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required:

• Must be able to communicate results as well as any potential problems with experiments, in a clear and understandable manner to the supervisor and in lab meetings.

• Must be able to read articles and references and develop step-by-step written procedures to conduct experiments as well as communicate this information to the supervisor and other lab members.

• The ability to provide concise and accurate write ups of methods and results is desired.

Assistance with Lab personnel training Effort 10%

• The capacity to assist with training of graduate students, fellows and post-doctoral trainees is desired.

Safety Effort 10%

• Must maintain a clean and orderly workplace.

• Must have the ability and willingness to observe and comply with all institutional rules and OSHA regulations regarding biohazard and radiation safety.

Other duties as assigned

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

Experience Required - Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work.

Experience Preferred - Mouse handling

With preferred degree, one year of required 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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