Research Assistant II - Epigenetics & Molecular Carcinogenesis (Sahni Laboratory)

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

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The Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis is an interdisciplinary, basic science research department that conducts groundbreaking research aimed at defining the mechanisms controlling normal cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, and survival as well as mechanisms controlling genome maintenance to identify the aberrations in these processes that drive cancer.

Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis

The Research Assistant II position provides technical and coordination skills to support laboratory research projects in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis.


Research Support
  • Provide experimental and technical support for ongoing research projects.
  • 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, blood samples, and perform other laboratory duties, such as the handling of laboratory animals.
  • 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 and foundations. 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 superiors 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
  • Coordinate procedures, assemble materials and contribute to the laboratory.
  • Participate in ongoing learning and demonstrate application of it in carrying out assignments.
  • Follow laboratory guidelines regarding order processing, handling of rush orders and special jobs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


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

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


Required: One year experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.

Preferred: Experience with mammalian cell culture including sterile technique, splitting cells, performing cell counts, freezing and thawing cells, preparing sterile culture media, and accurately preparing solutions. Experience performing transfections of various cell lines.

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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