Research Assistant I, Radiation Oncology Biostatistics

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant I position is to provide technical assistance in carrying out various research projects and conducting experiments. The Research Assistant I constructs, assembles and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment. Records and evaluates data in accordance with methods requested. Impacts laboratory research activities.


  • Responsible for scheduling and coordination of patient research clinical treatments, procedures, and the creation and maintenance of research records in accordance with established protocols.

  • Responsible for assisting with patient sample collection in Radiation Oncology clinic, coordination and transport to Laboratory.

  • Responsible for sample processing and storage, including DNA and RNA extractions.

  • Responsible for development and meticulous upkeep of databases of patient and clinical data, in addition to sample organization and processing data and sequencing data.

  • Independently performs statistical analyses and produces reports of 16s and metagenomic microbiome sequencing using statistical software such as R, SAS and/or Python.

  • Independently performs statistical analyses of patient outcomes and clinical characteristics, including survival analyses, using statistical software such as R, SAS and/or Python.

  • Performs, with supervision, statistical analyses of flow cytometry and T-cell receptor sequencing data using statistical software including R, SAS and/or Python.

  • Supervision of other lab members in performing and learning statistical analyses and sample processing.

  • Assist in the preparation and submission of manuscripts, protocols, and other documents.

  • Organize and develop training to ensure that lab members have current knowledge of specialized lab procedures.

  • Perform laboratory maintenance such as maintaining/cleaning equipment, organizing repair procedures, maintain lab stocks, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.

  • Help orient and train new staff or students



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

Preferred: Bachelor's degree in a quantitative science such as Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, or a basic science with statistical coursework, including public health related.


Required: None

Preferred: Basic laboratory skills, and experience in statistical software including R, SAS and/ or Python. Experience with patient contact and communication, clinical trials, or experience in microbiology and/or immunology.

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: 130293
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Pivotal Position: No
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 30,400
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 38,000
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 45,600