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Research Assistant II - Cancer Biology (Shalapour Laboratory)

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Mar 19, 2024

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Welcome to MD Anderson's Cancer Biology department. Our 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.

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II is to coordinate and conduct experiments and carry out research projects in varied areas of chemistry, biology, physics and other biomedical or related basic science areas. Construct, assemble and operate laboratory apparatus and equipment. Read literature and confer with superiors regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the project. Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested.


Depending on interest and lab needs, any combination of the following techniques may apply:
  • Depending on interest and lab needs, may perform and be trained in any of the following techniques.
    • Human tissue culture
    • Basic and original immunology experiments
    • Immunofluorescence staining and fluorescence microscopy
    • Flow cytometry
    • Basic molecular biology and biochemistry techniques (RNA, DNA and protein) including Western blotting and PCR
    • Mice tumor growth and treatment experiments
    • Mice colony handling and related tasks.
  • Willing to learn and perform basic and advanced molecular techniques.
  • Must have measurable experience in molecular and cellular biology techniques, be able to accurately pipet, follow protocols and perform accurate calculations as needed for the conduct of the work.
  • Must maintain accurate, detailed records and experimental data and protocols,
  • Communicates and summarize results for presentations, peer-reviewed publications and internal communications.
  • Performs common lab routine maintenance as needed.
  • Other duties as required.


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

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


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

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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