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Research Assistant II, Experimental Radiation Oncology

Experimental Radiation Onc 198100
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The primary purpose of this Research Assistant II position in Experimental Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center is to apply technical expertise and experience to plan, coordinate, design, supervise and carry out currently funded research projects; develop new lines of research to support pursuit of additional funding options; and maintain a consistent record of publications and grant applications. This position requires a scientific and technical background, independent decision making, judgment and organizational skills and innovative participation. Conducts research, utilizes institution library, archives, collections, and other sources of information to collect, record, analyze, and evaluate facts. Discusses findings with mentors, collaborators, and staff to evaluate validity of findings. Prepares reports of completed projects for publication in technical journals, for presentation to funding agency, or for use in further applied or theoretical research activities. Must be able to assure compliance with safety standards employed by the Department, Division, and Institution.



The ideal candidate will have experience in basic cellular and molecular biology techniques and operation of scientific instruments and techniques used in related fields of research; such as optical microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, spectrophotometry, image analysis, immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, subcutaneous and orthotopic animal model experimentation, and genetically engineered mouse models. Biochemistry and molecular biology background in protein analysis and RNA biology will be preferred.


  • Develops and maintain research projects, comprehend relevance of results and integrate research data, identify and solve problems relating to job responsibilities utilizing knowledge and experience.

  • Ensures that safety standards are maintained in the laboratory, collaborate with other investigators at MDACC and outside this institution on research projects.

  • Constructs, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment.

  • Must be present physically to work a minimum of 40 hours per week in the Institution.

  • Must read and comprehend research literature and confers with superiors regarding new procedures and modifies them according to the needs of the project.

  • Attend seminars, including departmental seminars, to be well informed on latest scientific developments in field of interest.

  • Performs basic science and translational research projects related to the molecular mechanisms of tumor progression and metastasis.

  • Develops new strategies and tools to define the roles and mechanisms of non-coding RNAs, deubiquitinating enzymes, and developmental regulators in treating cancer.

  • Orders lab supplies; maintains and manages mouse colonies; makes common reagents; maintains lab equipment, records and materials; ensures research compliance and serves as the lab representative.



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

Preferred: Master's degree with major course work in biological sciences.


Required: Two years of experience in scientific or experimental research work.

No experience required with preferred degree.

Preferred: Two years of experience in scientific or experimental research work in cancer biology.

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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