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Research Technician III - Morrison Lab


Job Description

Primary Work Address: 6001 Forest Park Road, Dallas, TX, 75390-9050

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We are currently looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Research Technician III to work in the lab of Dr. Sean Morrison at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. The Morrison lab’s goal is to better understand the mechanisms that regulate stem cell function and how cancer cells hijack these mechanisms to enable tumor formation. A better understanding of these mechanisms offers the potential for new regenerative medicine and cancer therapies. For more information about the Morrison lab, please visit laboratory/

The ideal candidate is an organized, proactive professional who will support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with their research projects studying the mechanisms by which melanomas metastasize. This would be an excellent position for someone who has previous lab/research experience and would like to be part of a large and collaborative team.

What we provide:
  • A competitive compensation package, with comprehensive health and welfare benefits
  • Growth opportunities (self-development)
  • Flexible schedule
  • One on One Mentorship

What you’ll do:
  • Master flow cytometry and tissue culture techniques to support experiments and project goals.
  • Perform tumorigenesis and metastasis assays in mice.
  • Work collaboratively as part of the Morrison research team and also independently performing experiments.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What you bring:
  • Candidates within a broad range of education from a bachelor’s degree to a Ph.D. will be considered. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required.

  • 2-5 years of hands-on experience in biomedical research is required. Specific salary and job title will be commensurate with experience and education level.
  • Previous research experience and evidence of ability to conduct independent research are required.
  • Previous research experience focused within the areas of molecular, cellular, and/or developmental biology is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Strong initiative, self-motivation, and capacity for creative problem solving.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Organizational skills, prioritization skills, and time management skills.
  • Attention to detail with emphasis on keeping records of experiments and results.
  • Proficient computer skills (PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
  • Comfort and ability to work with live mice on a regular basis.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a larger team.
  • Ability to interact positively with a diverse team from all backgrounds and at all levels.
  • Ability to work efficiently and be adaptable to changing priorities.

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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