The primary purpose of the RA II position is to study immune responses against cancer and suppressive mechanisms of regulatory T cells in cancer therapy, innate immune signaling and regulation of immune cells. Research Assistant II will provide technical support for laboratory based research in a highly multi-disciplinary team conducting research in the areas of immunology and epigenetics involving bench techniques, laboratory animal work, scientific writing, and data analysis.
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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under direction of the Principal Investigator, Laboratory Manager or Director, or senior laboratory staff this position may include:
' Molecular cloning, cell culture, plasmid DNA transfection and gel electrophoresis, immunochemistry, protein purification, Western blotting, PCR, RT-PCR, and ELISA
' Bench chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology or other scientific techniques
' Microscope work and image analysis
' Write protocols and procedures
' Collection of tissue, blood or other biological specimens
' Collect, record, compile and analyze data
' Take inventory and maintain lab supplies and equipment.
' Oversee equipment calibration, certification and maintenance agreements.
' Maintain Safety, Emergency Preparedness, MSDS and other Laboratory Specific procedures.
' Participate in the development or establishment of new laboratory procedures, including biological assays, quantitative and qualitative analyses.
' Operates a variety of laboratory equipment.
' Effectively utilizes computer systems, including office applications, and statistical or technical software.
' Work closely with Postdoctoral Fellows to assist with projects.
' Performs other duties as assigned.
BA/BS with 3 years experience
Masters with no experience
Two years or less of related research experience preferred.
A strong background in molecular biology and at least one year of tissue culture experience. Three years of research related experience.
Standard laboratory or Vivarium environments; some assignments may be in hospital units with typical hospital environmental hazards and concerns.
Houston Methodist - 20 months ago