Research Assistant I - In Vivo Tech

The Research Assistant I in Experimental Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center provides responsible technical assistance in carrying out various research projects and assistance in maintaining efficient functioning of the laboratory. The Research Assistant I position requires a scientific and technical background, independent decision making, judgement and organizational skills.

The ideal candidate will have in vivo experience. Candidates for this position must be willing to work with mice and rats. Experience with lung cancer cell lines is preferred.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Since 1944, more than 1.2 million patients have sought out MD Anderson's expertise. The institution pioneered a multidisciplinary approach to research-driven care. In Fiscal year 2016, MD Anderson invested more than $787.3 million in research.

Salary Range

Minimum: $30,400 Midpoint: $38,000 Maximum: $45,600

Key Functions

  1. Assist with activities involving in vivo work with mice involving Radiotherapy and Immunotherapy.

  2. Duties may include collection and processing biological specimens (Blood and Tissue).

  3. Perform flow cytometry (FACs) and animal work that requires handling of animals for injections, necropsy etc. Prior animal experience preferred but not required.

  4. Maintain accurate and timely records to include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project.

  5. Monitor laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects. Ensure quality of reagents or other supplies.

  6. Maintain an excellent working knowledge of all basic laboratory equipment and apparatus.

  7. Read scientific literature to keep current with new research techniques and confers with supervisor regarding new procedures.

  8. Record and evaluate data obtained in accordance with methods requested.

  9. Help in maintenance of general Lab equipment and prepare common laboratory stock chemicals.

  10. Update lab inventories and order lab supplies.


Required: Bachelor's degree with major course work in one of the basic sciences.

Preferred: Major course work in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology or Animal Science.


Required: No experience.

Preferred: Experience with in vivo work, including lung cancer cell lines, is strongly preferred. Candidates must be willing to work with mice and rats. Experience with laboratory animals is preferred.

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
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 30,400
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 38,000
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 45,600