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Research Assistant II - Translational Molecular Pathology

Translational Molecular Path 149100
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The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II position is to perform a variety of complex sample preparation and analysis procedures to quantitatively measure biomarkers of disease in a variety of human samples such as plasma, serum, and cells, using a variety of technological platforms. The RAII must be able to provide technical and coordination skills in carrying out various research projects, coordinates procedures, and performs technical laboratory duties in accordance with general and/or specific plans, with the main focus on the molecular analysis of patient tumor tissues.



Caring Behaviors

  • Courtesy: Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times.
  • Friendliness/Teamwork: Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers.

Integrity Behaviors

  • Reliability: Communicates frequently, honestly and openly.
  • Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values.
  • Safety: Models safe behavior (wears badge and personal protective equipment, washes hands, and keeps work area clean and orderly); Notices a safety concern or emergency, understands role and uses proper procedures to report it; Mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices; Demonstrates ethical and personal responsibility in work and behavior

Discovery Behaviors

  • Responsiveness: By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust; Encourages learning, creativity and new ideas.
  • Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative: Helps others to identify and solve problems; Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so.


Molecular studies and human sample handling  Responsible for coordinating and conducting experiments and research projects in varied areas of molecular biology, genomics or related scientific fields, including DNA/RNA/protein extraction, PCR, sequencing, NanoString expression profiling and basic molecular techniques. Ability to search and review the scientific literature for the purpose of developing SOP’s. Responsible for specimen tracking and data entry into existing databases.


Immunohistochemical staining:  Responsible for manual and automated immunohistochemical staining of human and mouse tissue samples including validation of antibodies.

Record keeping and data collection   Maintains accurate, detailed records and experimental data and protocols. Able to work with database, graphing and word processing computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word and Prism. Works with EHR systems such as EPIC and BIMS in order to facilitate acquisition of tissue samples for translational research projects and tissue banking purposes 

Laboratory safety/lab equipment maintenance   Maintains lab functions to include ordering of supplies and ensures lab equipment is maintained in good operating order. Handles, stores, and disposes of chemically hazardous materials, and biohazardous materials in procedure specified to meet MDA safety guidelines Work as a member of a team and assist coworkers in the execution of their research projects

Other duties as assigned


Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences. Two years 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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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