Senior Research Assistant - Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis

Senior Research Assistant - Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Smithville, TX, United States

This position will reside at the Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center located in Smithville, Texas.

Salary Range: $39,200(min) $49,000(mid) $58,800(max)

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 primary purpose of the Senior Research Assistant position is to provide supervision, special training to technical personnel, and /or highly technical work in 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 in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis.

Research Support Perform research or experimental tasks to supply information as part of a research project or laboratory. Responsible for planning and executing details of an experiment, including set up, timing (scheduled, staffed, planned), coordination of supplies and equipment at hand, functionality of equipment, trained personnel. Evaluate and interpret experimental results. Assemble, operate and troubleshoot equipment. Compile/prepare tables and charts. Assist with preparation of grant applications and progress reports.
Expertise and Specialization Apply background/experience in science, using independent evaluation, judgment and analysis. Perform research or experimental tasks in a limited field (niche) or specialty area. Master difficult, advanced, skills or technology. Develop and revise protocols, procedures, and techniques. Introduce/implement new technology. Participate in troubleshooting and resolving problems.
Laboratory Organization Supervise technicians and oversee their training. May oversee educational appointees in their work and assist them as assigned or delegated. Assess availability of supplies and advise/recommend purchasing as needed. Contribute to the laboratory; assess need for back-up and cover as necessary; cross-train. May have delegated signing authority on routine purchases. Perform other duties as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.
Preferred Education:Master's Level Degree
Certification: None
Preferred Certification: None
Experience: Three years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. With preferred degree, one year of required experience.

Preferred Experience:
Extensive experience in cell culture studies including mammalian cell culture; transfections of cell lines; post-culture analysis (cell viability, cell counting, cytoxicity and proliferation assays). Experience with RNA interference, shRNA and/or siRNA; Familiarity with CRISPR/Cas 9 and next-generation sequencing preparation. Past experience with lenti virus and retro virus mediated transduction of mammalian cell lines.



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

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

Frequent 34-66%





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

5-10 lbs
5-10 lbs


Following Instructions
Analytical Ability
Attention to detail
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning
Problem Solving
Working Alone
Appropriate Behavior
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Reading Skills/Comprehension
Responding in emergency situations
Written Communication
Interpersonal Skills

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. SONJ

Additional Information
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 39,200
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 49,000
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 58,800

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: MD Anderson-md_anderson-4432_121543