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Research Assistant I - Cancer Biology (Vaishnavi Laboratory)

Job Description

MD Anderson's Cancer Biology 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.

Cancer Biology

Interested in learning more about lung cancer research? The primary purpose of the Research Assistant I is to provide technical assistance primarily in either animal genotyping and mouse colony managements, as well as the ordering of laboratory reagents/supplies. Additional tasks may include tissue processing and immunohistochemistry, molecular biology and immunoblot analysis. Duties will include assistance with organizing reagents and samples, and assistance with general laboratory duties including ordering lab reagents, consumables and receiving shipments. The position requires independent decision-making, judgment and high organizational skills. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining safety standards in the laboratory.

Key Functions

1. Generally aid and support the PI in all their research and laboratory efforts
2. Independently performing animal experiments in consultation with PI (breeding,
weening, genotyping, bleeding, tissue harvesting, injections, downstream
processing and analysis)
3. Performs animal maintenance (safety protocols and standards, record keeping of
animal inventory)
4. Is able to train new members of the laboratory in animal techniques.
5. Standard molecular techniques and perform tissue culture
6. Willingness to proactively learn new techniques and science
7. Ordering reagents and supplies.
8. Other duties as required.


Required: Bachelor's degree, major course work in one of the basic sciences.


Required: No 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

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