Research Assistant II - Stem Cell Transplantation Research
MD Anderson
 Houston, TX

Position Description

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 2018 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Research Assistant II assists principal investigator with scientific research project. Assists in the design and initiation of research experiments. Assists in the designing, developing or adapting equipment used in experiments or research to obtain desired results. Works with the research team to determine specific goals or objectives to be obtained, evaluates research data and develops and revises techniques or approaches to work problems. Assists with training and research work activity for assigned laboratory and research personnel. Assists the supervisor with the use of laboratory equipment and implements safety procedures.


Laboratory Duties

Performs technical laboratory duties in accordance with a predetermined course of action.

  • oversee lab supplies and maintain equipment
  • coordinate rotation room
  • routine maintenance of equipment

Assist in the Planning, organizing, coordinating, and participates in scientific research projects. Works with the research team to review the quality of the outcome reporting and population of databases. Assists the research team in coordinating, evaluating and monitoring clinical trials and research protocols.

Work independently with some supervision on the operation of related laboratory equipment. Train research personnel & junior staff members in use of instrumentation.

Experiments and Equipment maintenance

Prepares and conducts experiments and/or as requested by the PI or their designee.

  • Obtaining peripheral blood, bone marrow and spleen samples from animal models and processing of same for flow cytometric and in vitro assays.
  • entry/capture into database

Assist with scheduling instrumentation and service.

Scheduling instrumentation and service.

Work with team to request supplies and reagents for research lab.


Reads literature and confers with superiors regarding new procedures. Collects and organizes data for project reports

  • Occasional data presentation during weekly meetings

Works with research team in the evaluating research data, and revises techniques or approaches to work problems. Utilizes institutional and departmental databases to perform data retrieval for analysis. Works with the research team in designing retrieval templates for standard queries. Apply bio-statistical methods in analyzing clinical data such as pretreatment characteristics, response to treatment, toxicities, and mortality, etc.

Other duties as assigned


Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

Preferred: Master's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.


Required: 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: 125923
  • 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) 34,400
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 43,000
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 51,600