Research Assistant II – Institutional Tissue Bank – MD Anderson Cancer Center – Houston, TX

MD Anderson Cancer Center

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The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II position is to carry out laboratory research projects in the laboratory of the Institutional Tissue Bank (ITB) understanding the functions of IHC, collection of blood samples for germline analysis and possible timeline/follow-up studies. Technical experience working with cell lines is desirable. 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.


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.


Biorepository Research and Clinical Collection Collection and processing of blood samples for germline analysis and various follow-up studies. Processing includes DNA germline extraction and analysis from new patients enrolled in the FDC protocol, and includes but is not limited to: serum, plasma, DNA extraction and PBMC isolation. Collects fresh blood from new MD Anderson patients that will allow prospective collection of plasma that can yield proteins and cell-free DNA for analysis, as well as collection and extraction of germline DNA. Use MDACC clinical and research database, inventory samples from Operating Room and Interventional Radiology procedures, transfer samples to appropriate storage location.
Develop biobanking-based novel techniques using specimens and core needle biopsies of blood samples for biomarkers analysis. Perform research, update, and upgrade novel techniques for FDC protocol for complex research projects involving biobanking.

Data Gathering and Analysis Records and evaluates data in accordance with methods requested. Scanning of IHC slides for digital pathology analysis. Operate the Aperio scanner system to digitally scan IHC slides for pathology analysis, and to troubleshoot small technical problems.

Laboratory Management and Maintenance Maintains Lab Functions to include ordering of supplies and ensures lab equipment is maintained in good operating order.
Establishes a system for tracking, processing, and monitoring the research program operations and protocols that are utilizing the services of the biorepository.

Clinical and Laboratory Compliance Participates and contributes to the institutional and external compliance efforts necessary for the FDC and biobanking protocols, and laboratory processes.

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.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 143310
  • 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


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