Title:  Research Assistant II

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $42,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  4885

The Research Assistant II position will support ongoing immunotherapy research with the goal of developing novel T cell therapies for cancer. The position includes a translational research part and a clinical research element supporting Phase I/II clinical trials.  The RA II will be integrated within the larger Center for Cell and Gene Therapy which is a highly collaborative translational research center affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital.  Knowledge sharing and provision of technical assistance to other team members is expected, but the job does not require routine supervision of other laboratory members.

Job Duties
  • Conducts and analyzes validation experiments to support Phase I/II clinical cell therapy trials for cancer
  • Conducts experiments to analyze cell and tissue samples of patients treated on Phase I/II clinical trials
  • Plans, conducts and analyzes experiments in the translational laboratory to develop novel cell therapy products - Relevant techniques include cell culture, transduction, transfection, ELISpot, ELISA, nanostring/RNAseq, flow cytometry, miniprep/maxiprep, basic cloning procedures
  • Documents results of experiments in electronic lab notebooks
  • Documents results of validation experiments according to clinical laboratory specifications
  • Provides limited assistance with animal work (mice only, 0-5 hours a week, involvement with injections and other procedures optional)
  • Prepares data for presentation and present data at scheduled laboratory meetings (Omer Lab, Rooney lab and optional CAGT wide lab presentations)
  • Collaborates with and assists other laboratory members on their translational projects including post-doctoral fellows and graduate students
  • Maintains laboratory equipment and supplies
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or a related field. 
  • Three years of relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a related field.
  • Prefer two to three years' experience with standard cell culture techniques (experience with T cells/NK cells or similar preferable).
  • Experience with flow cytometry, transfection, transduction, cloning techniques and ELISA will be very helpful.





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