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Research Assistant I- Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis

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This position is located at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Medical Center campus, in Houston, Texas.



The mission of The University of Texas M. D. 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.


The primary purpose of the Research Assistant I position is to provide technical assistance in carrying out various 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 in science to the application of laboratory techniques, using judgment, analysis and evaluation. Read literature and confer with superiors regarding new procedures. Master essential skills and techniques used in the laboratory.

Laboratory Organization  
Contribute to the laboratory.  Pursue learning and self-development.  Actively seek feedback.  Transfer learning into next steps.  Perform other duties as assigned.

Other duties as assigned.



Education: Bachelor’s degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.

Preferred Education: None

Certification: None

Preferred Certification: None

Experience: None.
Preferred Experience: Some experience in scientific or experimental research work. Experience in mammalian cell culture is preferred.

Onsite Presence: Is Required




Exposure to animals
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue
Exposure to Radiation
Hazardous Chemicals and Materials
Operating Equipment
Wearing Protective Equipment

Occasionally 11-33%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Constant 67-100%
Constant 67-100%
Frequent 34-66%
Constant 67-100%






Arm/Hand Steadiness
Depth Perception
Eye/Hand Coordination
Fine finger movement
Tactile Perception
Visual Acuity
Visual Color Discrimination
Wrist Motion

Constant 67-100%
Constant 67-100%
Constant 67-100%
Constant 67-100%
Constant 67-100%
Constant 67-100%
Constant 67-100%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Constant 67-100%
Constant 67-100%
Constant 67-100%
Frequent 34-66%
Constant 67-100%

10-20 lbs



Analytical Ability
Appropriate Behavior
Attention to detail
Critical Thinking
Following Instructions
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
Interpersonal Skills
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning
Oral Communication
Problem Solving
Reading Skills/Comprehension
Responding in emergency situations
Selective Attention
Written Communication

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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