MD Anderson Cancer Center Sr Research Assistant - Investigational Cancer Therapeutics in Houston, Texas

Sr Research Assistant - Investigational Cancer Therapeutics

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Research at

Cancer Medicine 135100

Requisition #: 118439

Provides supervision, special training, to technical personnel and highly technical work in medical and related research projects.

Performs a series of experiments designed to supply specific information as a part of a larger project, an answer to questions in a limited field, or in development of improved techniques, production methods, or procedures.

Salary range: Min $39,200 - Mid $49,000 - Max $58,800

Essential Functions and Expected Outcomes

  1. To exercise considerable imagination, initiative, and inventiveness in planning and executing the details of experiments and interpreting the results.
  • Perform quality research for current research projects and other identified needs and coordinate scientific experiments in a collaborative effort with other technicians, postdoctoral fellows, and staff members.

  • Organize and prepare specimens and perform analytical examinations of body fluids, such as blood, tissue and secretions.

  • Perform specialized specimen processing including, but not limited to, slide preparation and staining and cell separation and analysis.

  • Label time-sensitive specimens for pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies for highly specialized clinical trials research.

  • Interpret results of experiments and make changes in procedures when needed.

  • Read the literature and confer with superiors regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the project.

  • Interact with principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows and other research staff in communicating experimental design and results.

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to maintain data accuracy, specimen and instrument quality control, and maintain processing standards.

  • Maintain assertiveness and flexibility in approaching new techniques and responsibilities, utilizing good work habits and time management.

  • Maintain alertness and careful attention to avoid injury to self and others due to chemicals and hazardous material in the laboratory.

  1. To record and evaluate data in accordance with methods requested and confer with superiors regarding results obtained.
  • Maintain an up-to-date, organized, and legible laboratory journal that records all experiments in detail.

  • Compile data sheets.

  • Collect and organize data for project reports.

  • Enter data into the computer, analyze and present analysis to PI.

  • Prepare selected data in tabular or graphic form for presentations and publications.

  • Collaborate or assist with preparation of reports and grant requests

  • Conduct library work. Find and copy journal articles as required. Read and understand articles related to ongoing research. Maintain references in a manual filing system. Requires good reading and comprehension skills as well as diligence, patience, and ability to carry several heavy books at a time.

  1. To monitor and anticipate laboratory needs.
  • Keep ample stock of supplies on hand.

  • Order reagents and prepare stock solutions.

  • Retrieve, maintain, and catalogue specimen stocks from outside reference laboratories.

  • Know and follow the procedure for obtaining repair or maintenance for lab equipment.

  • Perform preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment and equipment maintenance on a weekly basis, including cleaning and disinfecting refrigerators and incubators.

  • Perform equipment monitoring on a daily basis verifying correct temperatures of freezers, refrigerators, incubators, etc.

  • Perform daily counter clean up and disinfection to ensure safety of the laboratory work place. Bag waste and transport to appropriate refuse area utilizing safety standards and guidelines. Maintain all safety precautions.

  • Assemble samples, reagents, dry or wet ice, data and packaging materials.

  • Keep accurate, legible logs of outgoing and incoming packages. For incoming packages, ascertain contents, store at appropriate location, file information sheets and notify principal investigator. Update pertinent inventory logs.

  • Assist with other laboratory activities as needed.


Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.


Required: Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, one year of required experience

Preferred: Master’s degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

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.