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Senior Research Assistant - Experimental Therapeutics

Employer
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jun 3, 2024

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Discipline
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital

Job Details

Senior Research Assistant - Experimental Therapeutics

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.

MISSION STATEMENT
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.

SUMMARY

The primary purpose of the Senior Research Assistant position is to provide supervision, special training to technical personnel, and/or highly technical work in medical and related research projects. The Senior Research Assistant conducts experiments in the area of molecular and cellular biology of cancer.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

Laboratory Work: Cell Culture, Patient Tissues, MacroMolecules and Use of Hazardous/Radioactive Substrates Maintain stock cancer cell lines growing, expanding, freezing utilizing sterile techniques. Familiarity with safety procedures for handling patient samples. Ability to isolate and assay macromolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins. Knowledge of molecular biology and advanced immunology techniques. Procedure adherence concerning the use of hazardous and/or radioactive substrates. Maintain appropriate environmental surveys and records of hazardous/radioactive chemicals/reagents.

Record Keeping Manually record data for experiments, which includes analysis of data and preparation of graph, charts, and/or tables suitable for publication in scientific journals. Possess knowledge of word processing programs (MS Word) and spreadsheets (Excel). Discuss results from each assay upon completion to insure accuracy and comparability with previous results of similar assays. Reconcile discrepancies as soon as possible.
Teaching/Assisting Others & Professional Literature Help teach laboratory techniques to graduate students, surgical fellows and other research personnel as needed. Assist other personnel in laboratory with handling of experimental animals as needed, which may include: injection of cancer cells, assessing tumor size, and harvesting of tumors. Read and discuss selected literature pertaining to research projects.

Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

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

Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree

Required Experience: Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. 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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Company

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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