Title:  Senior Research Assistant

Division:  Breast Center
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $46,176 - $60,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  7884


The Xiang Zhang Lab investigates biological mechanisms and therapeutic strategies of breast cancer metastasis. The lab is currently investigating early-stage bone colonization of disseminated breast cancer cells and breast cancer-induced immunosuppression.


Must be a team player and work well within a group.  The individual should be self-motivated and enjoy being highly organized, detail-oriented, communicative, and collaborative. The individual should enjoy contributing to ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the laboratory. The lab provides an interactive and stimulating scientific environment and opportunities for growth.

Job Duties

  • Prepares and conducts laboratory research experiments; Collects, compiles and analyzes data. 
  • Selects, evaluates and applies techniques used in routine research.
  • Engages in teaching graduate or medical students.
  • Collaborates with scientists out of the lab for multidisciplinary study.
  • Advises junior scientists and provide guidance on their projects.
  • Develops new model and technique to support the cancer-related research in the lab.
  • This will be 50% of the workload.


  • Serves as the animal ambassador to train all the lab members on aseptic surgical procedures.
  • Performs histological procedures: tissue preparation, slide preparation, IHC/IF staining.
  • Experienced in mouse husbandry and maintenance of mouse breeding colony.
  • This will be 20% of the workload.


  • May participate in the development of grant budgets; oversees expenditures of grant monies; performs accounting functions; produces expenditure reports.
  • This will be 10% of the workload.


  • Oversees lab maintenance: Consults with faculty to determine equipment purchase priorities based on budget, condition of existing equipment, and scheduled laboratory activities.
  • Demonstrates use and care of equipment to research personnel in the laboratory.
  • Interprets rules, regulations, and policies for faculty and laboratory personnel and insures compliance.
  • This will be 20% of the workload.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field. 
  • Four years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a related field.





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