Research Assistant I - Comparative Medicine | Bastrop, TX | MD Anderson

Research Assistant I - Comparative Medicine

This full-time, benefits eligible position is located at the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop, 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 primary purpose of the Research Assistant I position is to provide technical assistance in carrying out various behaviorally-oriented and neurobiological research projects utilizing the primate colonies within the Department of Comparative Medicine. This position may be subject to working in biocontainment areas requiring compliance with specific protocols.


Behavioral Research Support
- Individual will help coordinate, collect and conduct behavioral and cognition research, by processing data from activities involving the observation and testing of nonhuman primates. The data will come from animal behavioral observations, hands-on testing systems, treatment sheets, neurobiological measures, and other records.
-Will assist with behavioral management protocols, including training the animals for hands-on testing.
-Will be able to identify animals and target behaviors.
-Collect, organize, and summarize data. Assist with interpretation of experimental results.

Data Collection, Organization & Dissemination
-Duties will include recording of data by video, computer, and by hand; verifying data entry; analyzing data; and helping to organize and process reports.
-Organize files and data manually and on the computer.
-Prepare preliminary drafts of specific sections of manuscripts, primarily methods sections.
-Disseminate data from conducted studies.
-Co-author and/or present papers and posters at regional, national, and international scientific meetings.

Other Support
-Work to achieve Sectional goals.
-Work with other members of the Section of Primate Behavior and Environmental Enrichment to improve the research, behavioral management, and animal healthcare programs.
-Work with students/visitors/interns/residents.
-Attend/assist in coordination of sectional meetings.
-Ensure adherence to all regulatory standards (IACUC/USDA/etc.) during the conduct of research.
-Will ensure all supplies required to conduct research are purchased through appropriate vendors.

Other duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.
Preferred Education: None.
Certification: None.
Preferred Certification: None.
Experience: None.
Preferred Experience: Some experience in scientific or experimental research work.
Onsite Presence: Is Required.

Exposure to animals, Constant 67-100%
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue, Frequent 34-66%
Sedentary Environment, Frequent 34-66%
Outside Work, Occasionally 11-33%
Wearing Protective Equipment, Frequent 34-66%
Working At Heights, Occasionally 11-33%

Balancing, Frequent 34-66%
Bending/Stooping, Occasionally 11-33%
Carrying, Frequent 34-66%, 10-20 pounds
Climbing, Occasionally 11-33%
Depth Perception, Constant 67-100%
Driving, Occasionally 11-33%
Glare Sensitivity, Occasionally 11-33%
Handling, Occasionally 11-33%
Hearing Sensitivity, Frequent 34-66%
Keyboarding, Constant 67-100%
Lifting, Occasionally 11-33%, 10-20 pounds
Pushing/Pulling, Seldom 3-10%, 20-50 pounds
Reaching, Seldom 3-10%
Sitting, Constant 67-100%
Squatting, Seldom 3-10%
Standing, Occasionally 11-33%
Visual Acuity, Constant 67-100%
Visual Color Discrimination, Constant 67-100%

Analytical Ability
Appropriate Behavior
Critical Thinking
Following Instructions
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning
Oral Communication
Problem Solving
Reading Skills/Comprehension
Selective Attention
Working Alone
Written Communication

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: 156293
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Work Week: Days
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 36,500
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 45,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 54,750
  • FLSA: non-exempt and eligible for overtime pay
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Work Location: Onsite
  • Pivotal Position: No
  • Referral Bonus Available?: No
  • Relocation Assistance Available?: No
  • Science Jobs: No