Senior Research Assistant - Animal Experience


The primary purpose of the Sr. Research Assistant position is to provide supervision, special training to technical personnel, and/or highly technical work in all animal experiments. The Senior Research Assistant conducts experiments in the area of molecular and cellular biology of cancer. Discusses goals of each project with supervisor and receives verbal and/or written instructions from the supervisor on how to conduct an assay or experiment to achieve the goals of the project. Based on these discussions and basic instructions, develop a step-by-step written procedure of specific actions required to conduct the experiment prior to proceeding.


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.


Laboratory Procedures: Standard laboratory procedures including but not limited to: bead-based Luminex assay, ELISA, western blotting, PCR/RTPCR, and extraction of DNA, RNA, and protein from tissues and cells.

Tissue Culture: Basic tissue culture including work with retroviruses and lentiviruses.

Laboratory and Animal Maintenance: Manages Lab Functions to include ordering of supplies and ensures lab equipment is maintained in good operating order. Maintain animal husbandry and breeding, mouse colonies and maintaining a database of all animals.

Collaboration: Work as a member of a team and assist coworkers in the execution of their research projects. Must have excellent command of oral and written English skills.

Other duties as assigned

Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field. Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, one year of required experience 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: 141211
  • 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) 39,200
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 49,000
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 58,800
  • Science Jobs: Yes