Research Assistant II - Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis

This position will reside at The Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center located in Smithville, 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 Research Assistant II position provides technical and coordination skills to support laboratory research projects in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis at the Smithville campus.


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 and experience in science to the application of laboratory techniques, using judgment, analysis and evaluation. Read literature and confer with superiors regarding new procedures, and modify them according to the needs of the project. Master complex skills and techniques used in the laboratory. Learn new skills or technology.

Laboratory Organization

Coordinate procedures, assemble materials and contribute to the laboratory. Participate in ongoing learning and demonstrate application of it in carrying out assignments. Follow laboratory guidelines regarding order processing, handling of rush orders and special jobs. 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: Master's Level Degree.

Certification: None.

Preferred Certification: None.

Experience: Two years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.

Preferred Experience:Experience with mammalian cell culture including sterile technique, splitting cells, performing cell counts, freezing and thawing cells, preparing sterile culture media, and accurately preparing solutions. Experience performing transfections of various cell lines.



Exposure to animals
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue
Exposure to Radiation
Hazardous Chemicals and Materials

Frequent 34-66%
Occasionally 11-33%
Occasionally 11-33%
Frequent 34-66%




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

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

10-20 lbs


Following Instructions
Analytical Ability
Attention to detail
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning
Problem Solving
Working Alone

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.

Additional Information
  • Requisition ID: 135323
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Pivotal Position: Yes
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 36,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 44,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 54,000
  • Science Jobs: No